Ruidoso offers a selection of venues and options for those who prefer inserting a little risk into their fun. Three area casinos are all within minutes of downtown Ruidoso, and the world-famous Ruidoso Downs Race Track draws hundreds of thousands of quarter horse and thoroughbred enthusiasts every year.


Ruidoso Downs Race Track

Ruidoso Downs Race Track is one of the premier quarter horse racing tracks in the nation. The track hosts thoroughbred races, too, but the notable All American Futurity is the richest race in quarter horse racing in the world, with a purse that eclipses $30 million. (That’s more than the Kentucky Derby’s purse, for those keeping score at home!) With new ownership coming after the 2017 season, big things are on the horizon, but one thing is for certain: Ruidoso Downs is and will continue to be the epicenter of quarter horse racing in the United States. Don’t blink an eye, because these blazing-fast ponies can sprint past before you have a chance to make a wager!

The racing season begins Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day weekend. Races are run Friday through Monday and post time is usually at 1:00pm, but it;s always a good  idea to check in advance. Click here to visit their website or call (575) 378-4431.


Billy the Kid Casino

Adjacent to Ruidoso Downs Race Track, Billy The Kid Casino offers over 300 slots and is open daily starting at 10:00am until midnight weekdays & open late, until 1:00am on the weekends. The casino offers rotating jackpots, membership rewards, a gift shop, a restaurant, and live music. Visit their website for more information, or call (575) 378-4431.


The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino

The Inn of the Mountain Gods has a full-services casino and features the only live dealers in Ruidoso. Gaming options include but are not limited to a huge variety of slot machines, a poker room, bingo, blackjack, roulette, craps, and a host of other table games. The Apache Spirit Club is also available for those who seeking promotions and the ability to qualify for discounts. Click here to access their website, or call (800) 545-9011.


Casino Apache

Located on Highway 70 just outside of Ruidoso in Mescalero, New Mexico, Casino Apache Travel Center offers locals and travelers everything they need to rest and re-fuel. The venue offers all your favorite games, from endless slots and video poker to blackjack, roulette, and three-card poker. As a bonus, Casino Apache also features a full-service truck stop and soft-touch car wash. Visit their website or call (575) 464-7059 for more information.