About Ruidoso, New Mexico
For those unfamiliar with our corner of the world, the ‘Ruidoso Area’ includes several Southern New Mexico communities with Ruidoso generally thought of as the epicenter of tourism and economic activity. These communities and nearby areas include Alto, Ruidoso Downs, The Hondo Valley, Capitan, Nogal and, of course, Ruidoso proper.
Besides a vibrant real estate market populated with locals, the Ruidoso area is a mecca for second home owners who appreciate the bountiful natural beauty, idyllic four season climate, abundant wildlife, creative arts and music scene and generally chilled out mountain vibe the area affords visitors and other escape artists.
Ruidoso and our surrounding municipalities fan out eastward from the base of the Sacramento Mountains. Considered the southern tip of the Rockies, the Sacramentos rise from approximately 7000 feet elevation in the Village of Ruidoso to the 12,003 foot top of Sierra Blanca, the chain’s highest peak and a Southern New Mexico landmark.
The Locals Scene
Although Ruidoso has been a tourist mecca since the 1940’s as West Texans headed up mountain to escape their summer’s heat, Ruidoso is also a thriving local community of entrepreneurs, retirees and families who all work together to make Ruidoso rock!
Many locals humorously refer to the Ruidoso Downs, Ruidoso and Alto stretch of contiguous communities as the “Metroplex’ of Lincoln County. In a county whose population barely exceeds 22,000, with these three communities contributing 16,000, you can understand the nomenclature. But in reality, as you can well imagine, it’s a far, far cry from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the real Metroplex.
Notable Ruidoso Community Features
One of the highlights of the Ruidoso area include The Ruidoso Downs Race Track, home to the richest quarter horse race in the world; the All-American Futurity. The big race has been happening every Labor Day since 1959 and with a winning purse nearing three million dollars draws a large crowd to town from all over the nation.
Another area highlight is Ski Apache, a great resort for both beginning and advanced skiers and snowboarders. This Southern New Mexico gem also serves the summer crowd with a network of mountain bike trails and the second longest zip line in world.
The Ruidoso area claims two of New Mexico’s casinos; Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino located on the Ruidoso adjacent Mescalero Apache Reservation and Billy the Kid Casino, located at the aforementioned Ruidoso Downs Race Track.
The Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, located in Alto, New Mexico just north of Ruidoso proper, is
truly a world class performance hall which hosts a summer and winter performance schedule every year.