Ruidoso New Mexico Info
Day Trips around Ruidoso
|Billy The Kid National Scenic Byway
Hondo Valley–Traveling east from Ruidoso on Hwy. 70, the beautiful Hondo Valley provides visitors with a scenic drive through a peaceful, pastoral valley. Fruit stands along the highway are stocked with country grown fruits in season. Flower, herb and fruit farms allow the visitor to explore a twist on the traditional farming way of life. Nestled in the Hondo Valley at San Patricio, one can find treasures from world renown Peter Hurd and his artistic family at the Hurd-La Rinconada Gallery.Lincoln – at Hwy. 380, head northwest to Lincoln home of the Lincoln County Wars and the legendary outlaw, Billy the Kid. Take a stroll down the main streets and see the Tunstall Museum, a general store furnished in period, the 1887 Mission of San Juan, the home of Dr. Earl Woods, the Lincoln County Courthouse, and the main street where the famous shootouts took place. Don’t miss the Visitor’s Center and Museum, 1-800-263-5929, or 575-378-4142, for tour info.Capitan, home of Smokey Bear provides visitors with a visitor center dedicated to the education of forest fire prevention and is also the site of the tomb of Smokey Bear. Phone: (575) 354-2748.Carrizozo is located at the junction of US Highways 380 & 54 and offers the 12th Street Art District housing a variety of fine arts, local crafts, furniture and more.North of US Hwy. 54, is White Oaks, once a gold mining town in the late 1800s. Group tours of the Old School House Museum and cemetery may be arranged. (575) 648-2521.
The Valley of Fires Recreation Area is located 4 miles West of Carrizozo. The youngest lava flow in the state is referred to as Malpais, translated as bad lands. There are nature trails and camping. (575) 648-2241.
This incredibly beautiful and historic route is designated as the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway.
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Inn of the Mountain Gods, west of Ruidoso off Highway 70, in the Mescalero Apache Reservation, is a 4 Diamond resort complete with 18-hole golf course, Las Vegas style casino, fine dining, outfitter guides and convention center.Mescalero, is the heart of the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation. The Mescalero Fish Hatchery, 8 miles from Ruidoso, established in 1965, supplies game fish to Native American waterways, and has displays of fish & culture info. (575) 464-4401. The Mescalero Cultural Center exhibits baskets, clothing and photographs from the Apache culture. (575) 464-4494, ext. 254.Tularosa. Round Mountain can be seen on the south side of Hwy. 70 coming out of the Sacramento Mountains. The cross on top of Round Mountain was placed there by Tularosa villagers in remembrance of those who fought at the battle of Round Mountain in 1868.The Tularosa Museum has artifacts and historical accounts of those who lived in the Tularosa area. For tours call (575) 585-2057. The Tularosa Vineyards, approximately 2 miles North of Tularosa, grow several varieties of grapes from which they make their wines, including the Mission grape brought to the area by the original settlers. Tours, tasting and sales. (575) 585-2260, 1-(800) 687-4467.Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is about 23 miles North of Tularosa on Highway 54. A trail beginning at the visitor’s shelter winds through piles of rocks decorated with thousands of drawings carved in the rocks by the Jornada Mongollon Indians as far back as 1,000 years ago. There is also an ancient dwelling site and a picnic and camping area. (575) 525-4300.
Eagle Ranch Pistachios Groves and Visitor Center, approximately 5 1/2 miles south of Tularosa, has a gift shop featuring pistachio nut products, NM wine, homemade treats, local crafts, and unique southwestern gifts. Visit the Art Gallery, Coffee shop, and ask about tours. (575) 434-0035. McGinn’s Country Store is located between Tularosa and Alamogordo. They offer pistachio samples and free wine samples from the Arena Blanca Winery. 800-368-3081.
- RUIDOSO ART FESTIVAL
The Ruidoso Art Festival features over 100 award-winning artists and takes place the fourth weekend of July annually.
Ruidoso Convention Center
111 Sierra Blanca Drive
Ruidoso, NM 88345
- ALTO ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR
PO Box 447
Alto, NM 88312
- ART LOOP
PO Box 1661
Capitan, NM 88316
- GOLDEN ASPEN MOTORCYCLE RALLY
All American Horse Sale Barn area
Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346
- MOUNTAIN LIVING HOME & GARDEN SHOW
PO Box 1351
Alto, NM 88312