Nestled in the cool pine trees at nearly 7,000 feet in the Sacramento Mountains of South Central New Mexico, lies the vacation paradise of Ruidoso (pronounced "Rui-doe-so"). Ruidoso is the Spanish word for noisy. The village is named for the river that runs through it, the Rio Ruidoso or "Noisy River". The Rio Ruidoso has its headwaters up on the majestic 12,003 foot Sierra Blanca (White Mountain) that provides the back drop for our scenic village. The river winds through the beautiful Upper Canyon, the village of Ruidoso and finally down through the Hondo Valley.
Festival of Lights Parade Pictures
"What can you do here?", you ask? Almost completely surrounded by the White Mountain Wilderness and the Lincoln National Forest, there is hunting (rifle, bow, muzzleloader and camera) for everything from turkey to elk, fishing, horseback riding, kite flying, backpacking, hiking, camping, skiing, tubing, sledding and lots of golf (golf all year round).
In the village itself is every kind of gift shop you can imagine (and some you can't imagine), go-carts for kids of all ages, children's boat ride, pony rides, mini-golf, maze, rock wall climb, coffee shops complete with wi-fi, clothing stores and any kind of restaurant from fast food to steak houses. A movie theater with three screens and venues for several live shows, including (during the summer months) a western shootout, authentic cowboy meal and music.
Relax with a pleasant stroll along the Rio Ruidoso near mid-town or on an exercise trail just minutes from the village, but giving you the feeling that you are miles back in the woods. In other words, you don't have to get a baby sitter to do things in Ruidoso, NM. Instead, why not use the opportunity to get closer to your family?
Typical summer temperatures in the 80s and low humidity make this a great summer "get-a-way from the heat" village. On many winter days, you can ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon!
Ruidoso weather conditions
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Make Ruidoso, NM this year's must see vacation destination for your family. You've got to see it to believe it!