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Address: Grindstone Canyon Rd, Ruidoso, NM
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A convenient and bucolic walk

The lake and its seventeen miles of trails is so close to town that one could walk there and then walk or bike a trail of varying difficulties and be back in town for lunch... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
Richard S
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Artesia, New Mexico
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Fort Worth, Texas
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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Trail was good. We saw a few hikers and a few bikers on our trail. We went a hour up and then a storm came in so we turned around so we didn't get caught in a thunderstorm.

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Artesia, New Mexico
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The lake and its seventeen miles of trails is so close to town that one could walk there and then walk or bike a trail of varying difficulties and be back in town for lunch. There are many varieties of wild flowers, streams and vegetation. Dogs are welcome, fishing is allowed and the lake is planted occasionally. The dam has... More 

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This lake is the municipal water supply for Ruidoso, NM. The current state of affairs for this reservoir has the water down very low due to two soft spots in the roller compacted dam. The state ordered the village to keep the water down to at least 16 feet BELOW the spillway due to leakage problems. Alternatives were explored and... More 

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Midland, Texas
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128 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We were disappointed that there was not much water or easy access for fishing. They have a long way to go to make this a user friendly spot for recreation.

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El Paso, Texas
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I have been here so many times but finally decided to review. They're fixing the dam right now so the water levels are very low but even when full, its not a huge lake. The fishing is fair. I've caught about 5 out of the 20 times I've been here but other people have caught way more. Apparently I'm not... More 

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Anthony, New Mexico
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

They are working on the dam right now repairing it so it doesn't keep leaking water but the level is really low... It was also very crowded as they still haven't stocked bonito lake... The access down to the lake isn't the easiest for older folks or families with strollers... Also don't let this discouraged you from checking it out... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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107 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The friends I was traveling with wanted to do some hiking on trails around this lake so we decided to drive through to check it out before hand. They built a dam there so the water level was extremely low. Lots of construction equipment. It did not look like a safe area to go hiking. Maybe once they are done... More 

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Pipe Creek, Texas
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Grindstone Lake is centrally located in Ruidoso, so you can get to it quickly from anywhere in the city. My wife and I go there to hike. The trails are easy and beautiful. You will not get lost. When you get tired you just turn around and walk back. The greatest aspect to these trails and most other trails in... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Very small lake, but it is open to the public and you can fish, swim, or put canoes or paddle boats on the water if it is up enough. Last time I went it was up a decent amount.

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Liberty Hill Texas
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We have both fished and hiked at grindstone. I consider myself a good fisherman, but have never caught fish here and have talked with locals who don't seem to catch much if anything here. The hiking is decent and I prefer that to the fishing

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Address: Grindstone Canyon Rd, Ruidoso, NM
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Ruidoso

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