This post is sponsored by the Village of Ruidoso.
If you are looking for a fun getaway for an adventure-filled vacation, look no further than Ruidoso, New Mexico.
This unique mountain village with over 300 days of sunshine annually is located between Alamogordo and Roswell off of US 70 in New Mexico in the Sacremento Mountain range.
With over 40 miles of trails just 5 minutes from the mid-town shopping district, Ruidoso offers fun-filled adventure all year long from art galleries to hiking; there is something for everyone no matter the season.
Top 10 Outdoor Activities in Ruidoso
Ruidoso offers a plethora of things to do all season long for the outdoor lover. Looking for trails? You can find them here. Without further ado, here are the top 10 outdoor activities to do in Ruidoso:
Wildlife Viewing – Over 200 species of birds live in or migrate through the Ruidoso area and elk, deer, bears, and wild horses are frequently seen in and around the town. Bald eagles are frequently seen at Grindstone and Alto lakes and you can even see the occasional mountain lion in the area. Basically, if you love viewing / photographing wildlife you are in the right area to do so!
Mountain Biking – With over 150 miles of trails nearby encompassing all skill levels, you are sure to find yourself never wanting to leave!
Hiking & Backpacking – Located near the Lincoln National Forest there are one 300 miles of trails for all skill levels. Whether you are looking for a quick stroll through the tree’s or a more strenuous climb to a mountain, you will find it here!
Ziplines – Home of the Wind Rider ZipTour at Ski Apache this zipline is one of the world’s longest at over 8800 feet! Located at an elevation of 11,489 ft. at the top of Ski Apache with a length of 8,890 feet and speeds up to 65MPH, this biplane takes about an estimated 1.5 hour to complete and offers amazing views of Southern New Mexico! For even more thrills, book their Wind Rider Dark Tour and zipline under the starry sky.
Fishing – From mountain lakes to creeks, Ruidoso offers year-round fishing for most waters!
Snow Skiing & Snowboarding – Whether you are looking to snow ski or snowboard, Ski Apache offers the best warm-weather powder skiing in the world. The slopes offer a mix of wide beginner slopes, tough bump runs, a huge bowl, nice cruising runs and a terrain park with jumps, tubes, and rails.
Snow Tubing – If trying to balance yourself on ski’s or a board really isn’t your thing, head over to Ruidoso Winter Park for some snow tubing. Whether you are looking to solo, tandem or take the entire family along for the ride there are tube sizes for every occasion! Oh, and I forgot to mention, you can rent your own igloo complete with table and chairs!
Horseback Riding – Whether you plan to take your galloping beauty out for a stroll or prefer to do a guided trail tour through one of the local stables, there are over 100 miles of equine trails near Ruidoso.
Water Sports – Spend some time on Grindstone Lake canoeing, kayaking, or paddle boarding.
Camping & RVing – Whether you are looking to camp at one of the many lakes in the area or within the National Forest nearby, Ruidoso has you covered!