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Ruidoso
Situated ideally at the center between the Lincoln National Forest to the south and the northeast and the Valley of Fires State Park to the northwest, Ruidoso is a still-sleepy mountain town despite its recent growth and popularity with tourists. The majestic Sierra Blanca towers over the city, tempting snow bunnies to the slopes of nearby Ski Apache. The race track at Ruidoso Downs and the casino at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort promise chance and adventure of a different sort.

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Lincoln National Forest
Lincoln National Forest
Owner description: This vast 1.1 million-acre forest region is comprised of separate recreational sections including Ruidoso Valley, Cloudcroft and Carlsbad, which are all located throughout the... more Owner description: This vast 1.1 million-acre forest region is comprised of separate recreational sections including Ruidoso Valley, Cloudcroft and Carlsbad, which are all located throughout the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico. less
Attraction type: Forests
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Free Spirits at Noisy Water
Free Spirits at Noisy Water
This monumental outdoor sculpture depicts eight bronze horses, each weighing 3,000-5,000 pounds, running majestically through a wild landscape.
Attraction type: Monuments & Statues
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Pillow's Funtrackers
Pillow's Funtrackers
Attraction type: Amusement & Theme Parks
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Ski Apache
Ski Apache
Owner description: Ski Apache opened under the name "Sierra Blanca Ski Resort" during Christmas of 1961. Amazingly, twenty-six hundred people an hour were fast carried up the ski run crest via three... more Owner description: Ski Apache opened under the name "Sierra Blanca Ski Resort" during Christmas of 1961. Amazingly, twenty-six hundred people an hour were fast carried up the ski run crest via three T-bar lifts. In 1962, the very first mono-cable four-passenger gondola in North America was built to accommodate a greater number of skiers. And it seems just in time as twenty-five thousand skiers showed up for the second season. Since 1963, the resort has been owned and operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe. Only two years after its official opening in 1961, Robert O. Anderson, the wealthy oil man who built and opened the slopes, sold the resort to the able hands of the Mescalero Apaches. It wasn't until the 1984-85 season that the slopes were appropriately named "Ski Apache". The wood-spired Main Lodge was designed by Victor Lundy ... Proclaimed as America's Outstanding Architect in 1958. Since the opening season of 1961, this lodge has stood statuesque, an unfailing sentry below the crest. With wood spires reflective of the surrounding pines, the Lodge mirrors the natural beauty of the Sacramento Mountains. Lundy succeeded in introducing Modernism architecture with a practical eye towards the skiers needs. Ski Apache offers world class skiing, snowboarding, sightseeing, mountain biking, and the longest zip line in the lower 48 states. less
Attraction type: Sightseeing Tours; Biking Trails; Ski & Snowboard Areas; Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks; Scenic Drives
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Ruidoso Downs
Ruidoso Downs
Racetrack that is the home to the world's richest quarter-horse race.
Attraction type: Horse Tracks
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Cornerstone Bakery & Cafe Co
Cornerstone Bakery & Cafe Co
Ranked #1 of 77 Restaurants in Ruidoso
Price: $6 - $10
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Coffee Shop, Bakeries, Family Fare
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout
Tina's Cafe
Tina's Cafe
Ranked #2 of 77 Restaurants in Ruidoso
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast
Hall of Flame Burgers
Hall of Flame Burgers
Ranked #3 of 77 Restaurants in Ruidoso
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers
Village Buttery
Village Buttery
Ranked #4 of 77 Restaurants in Ruidoso
Cuisines: American, Bakeries, Delicatessen
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Pena's Place
Pena's Place
Ranked #5 of 77 Restaurants in Ruidoso
Dining options: Breakfast

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Ruidoso Lodge Cabins
Ruidoso Lodge Cabins
$59 - $159
Shadow Mountain Lodge and Cabins
3.5 of 5
Shadow Mountain Lodge and Cabins
$111 - $152
Ranked #1 of 23 Hotels in Ruidoso
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Sitzmark Chalet Inn
2.0 of 5
Sitzmark Chalet Inn
$67 - $117
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Ruidoso
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Sierra Blanca Cabins
Sierra Blanca Cabins
$119 - $149
Idle Hour Lodge
Idle Hour Lodge
$146 - $146
Story Book Cabins
Story Book Cabins
$129 - $189

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.