2013-03-12 10.42.42 (960x639)Outdoor Recreation and Activities

There are so many things to do outdoors in the Ruidoso area! Go hiking, camping, fishing and hunting in the beautiful outdoors.

Horseback riding amid scenic views is a favorite and unforgettable experiences. Play a round or two of golf at one of the famous Ruidoso golf courses.

Of course, in the winter, ski the slopes at Ski Apache and enjoy winter fun at Winter Park. You don’t want to miss the outdoor natural beauty of Ruidoso!

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Hall’s Hideaway, 575.258.4263

Along the River RV, 575.336.4444

There are campsites on BLM land near Fort Stanton. Other camping areas are located around Fort Stanton on Hwy 220. Maps can be picked up at the Ruidoso Visitor Center. There are also corrals for horses. Call Roswell BLM office at 575.627.0272. All other campsites are in the Lincoln National Forest. Call Smokey Bear Ranger Station at 575.257.4095. 

Disc Golf

Ruidoso Parks and Recreation, 575.257.5030



The Rio Ruidoso and Grindstone Lake are the more popular places to fish. Carrizo Creek flows all year and runs along Carrizo Canyon Road into the Rio Ruidoso at Two Rivers Park. Fishing licenses can be bought at Walmart or Western Auto.

Seeping Springs RV Park also has a private trout lake. This is a good place to take kids fishing. 575.378.4216.

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A family fun center with Gokarts & Spin Zone, Mini Golf & Bumper Boats, and an Arcade. 575.257.3275.


A real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Go to www.geocaching.com for more information about geocaching and sites in Lincoln County.

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Cree Meadows Golf and Country Club
Cree Meadows features an 18 hole golf course which provides an affordable,
challenging golf experience. Ask about our yearly and monthly memberships
by calling (575)257-2733 ext. 4.

Cree Meadows Restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come and check out our daily lunch specials. Every Thursday night, join DJ Pete and some of Ruidoso’s best singers for karaoke. Friday nights bring live music and dancing with our famous all you can eat catfish buffet.

Cree Meadows Lounge is open daily featuring happy hour drink specials from 4:00 pm. to 6:00 p.m. Come on over to this neighborhood bar to meet with good friends and enjoy the best view of Sierra Blanca.

Our banquet room is ideal for weddings, group meetings and special parties and can seat up to 200 people. Check out our banquet menus on playcreemeadows.com

Rainmakers Golf and Lifestyle Community
Private resort, 18-hole Robert Trent Jones, Jr designed golf course with Clubhouse, homes and lots for sale, 575-336-7500

Inn of the Mountain Gods Golf Course
18-hole golf course, Apache Tee Restaurant, 575.464.7941

The Links at Sierra Blanca
Scottish-style 18-hole golf course, Snack bar, 575.258.5330


Cedar Creek Hiking Map

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The White Mountain Wilderness Area just north of Ruidoso is known for its wonderful hikes. Be sure to take water with you, and if you come from a lower elevation, make sure you do a few walks around town to get acclimated before you attempt a more strenuous hike. The White Mountain Wilderness Area is managed by the Forest Service. Contact the Smokey Bear Ranger Station at 575.257.4095 for more information about the Lincoln National Forest.

Other hiking trails are located around Fort Stanton on Hwy 220. Maps can be picked up at the Ruidoso Visitor Center. There are also campsites and corrals for horses. This is BLM land, so be sure to check to see if fire restrictions are in place. For more information call the Roswell BLM office: 575.627.0272. There are other hiking/walking trails around the Ruidoso area. Call Ruidoso Parks and Recreation at 575.257.5030.

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Horseback Riding

There are three businesses that take visitors into the Lincoln National Forest.

Grindstone Stables — Resort Dr., Trail rides and sleigh rides in the winter. During summer, make reservations, 575.257.2241

Inn of the Mountain Gods — Just past the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino. Trail rides. During summer, make reservations, 575.464.7424

Runnels Bonito Stables — Located 3½ miles above Bonito Lake on Bonito Lake Rd. Trail rides. No reservations required. No credit or debit cards. 575.354.2778

Other Horseback Riding — There are mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding trails on the BLM land around Fort Stanton along with corrals and campsites for those who bring their horses with them. Please be sure to check to see if fire restrictions are in place. Maps of these trails can be picked up at the Ruidoso Visitor Center or downloaded online.


Hunting information can be found on the New Mexico Fish and Game website . There are also two businesses that conduct guided hunting: Mescalero Hunting Lodge, 575.464.9770, 575.464.7448; S-S Outfitters, 575.653.4249.

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There are some nice trails in and around Ruidoso, including BLM land around Fort Stanton. You can head over to Riders Block in Ruidoso to rent bikes and explore the area on two wheels. Call to reserve at 575-973-5267.


There are few designated roads and trails for ATVs and OHVs in Lincoln County. The Forest Service roads are the only places in Lincoln County where ATVs and OHVs are permitted. Permits for vehicles can be purchased online at the NM State Wildlife site. Call the Roswell Game and Fish Office, 575.624.6135 or the Smokey Bear Ranger Station, 575.257.4095.

2013-01-18 00.29.13 (1280x851)Ski Apache

As the country’s southernmost ski area, Ski Apache offers the best warm-weather powder skiing in the world with snowmaking on 33% of the mountain. 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. There is also a tubing area. 575.464.3600.


Winter Park tubingboy

First-class tubing area, bumps, jumps, bobsled curves; lift to get you to the top; Kidz Korral; giant tubes for 4-6 riders; snow clothing rental; full snack bar; snow-making capability. 575.336.7079. (Operational during the winter only.)