New Mexico Attractions December 01, 2016
It’s Impossible To Drive Through This Delightful New Mexico Town Without Stopping
Ruidoso, in southeastern New Mexico, is surrounded by spectacular scenery. This town of 8029 people lies in Lincoln National Forest, in the shadow of the Sierra Blanca Mountains. This makes it a popular base for outdoor enthusiasts. Ruidoso is firmly in Billy the Kid Country and, even today, this mountain resort town maintains a Frontier feel. The indie stores, quality restaurants, and picturesque setting make this town an appealing place to visit or to call home. If you don’t brake for Ruidoso, you’ll regret it!
From Ruidoso you have gorgeous views of the mountains, especially Sierra Blanca Peak (11,973 feet high) and Lookout Mountain (11,580 feet high).
The Lincoln National Forest extends in all directions, a carpet of green.
The Grindstone Lake area is a popular spot with hikers. There are several trails to choose from, which vary in difficulty and length.
But Ruidoso has more to offer than hiking and skiing.
Wander along Sudderth Drive, the town’s main drag.
Stop in at the fun and quirky Ruidoso Trading Post (2553 Sudderth Drive) for mountain inspired home décor along with an excellent selection of beads.
Whether you’re searching for antiques, art, or snow sports gear, you’ll find a store to meet your needs. There’s even a tea shop, which specializes in loose-leaf tea and raw honey. (Old Barrel Tea Company is located at 2402 Sudderth Drive.)
The Noisy Water Winery is an unexpected delight (2342 Sudderth Drive). In addition to offering gourmet food items and a sampling of New Mexican wines, it also has its own label - the Relleno Brothers – and is known for its green chile wine.
The Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts opened 19 years ago and it’s a great venue for music, dance, and theater performances (108 Spencer Road, Alto).
Kids (and grown ups who are sick of adulting) can let loose at Pillow’s Funtrackers, which offers go-karting, mini golf, bumper boats, and gemstone panning. Hours are seasonal (101 Carrizo Canyon Road).
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Ruidoso has an impressive restaurant scene. Head to Tina’s Café (522 Sudderth Drive).
Tuck into a pork omelet, the no name breakfast burrito, or the pig candy breakfast (a bacon-topped cinnamon roll).
Stop into Chef Shawn’s Eatery for lunch (2415 Sudderth Drive).
If you order the Philly cheesesteak sandwich, you won’t be sorry.
For dinner, try the Rio Grande Grill and Taproom (441 Mechem Drive).
The jalapeño poppers appetizer, the pasta dishes, and ribs are standouts on the menu at this brewpub, which also has fine stout.
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Accommodation options in Ruidoso are plentiful, from
cozy cabins to relaxing resorts.