Ruidoso is a not-so-secret hidden gem. It’s a small town in the mountain pines of Southern New Mexico with acres upon acres of wilderness and national forests. It’s a nature lover’s oasis perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and fishing.
Ruidoso’s about 7,000 feet above sea level so the weather’s great during the summer and you’ll find beautiful powdery snow during the Winter months.
Since I’ve been living in the New Mexico area for the past couple of years, we’ve been lucky enough to visit Ruidoso often and with friends. We usually rent a cabin, go outdoors, shop, eat, hike and enjoy the beautiful weather. By nighttime, we stay in, light a fire and jump in a hot tub (even during winter). It’s amazing!
We had a day with perfect weather so we went on a hike. Since Ruidoso is surrounded by the Lincoln National Forest and we decided on the Little Bonito Trail. We did a 4 and a half mile hike and reached an altitude of over 8,000 feet. The views were spectacular and the trail was great for beginners (like me).
Ruidoso has so many places to go shopping. If you visit Sudderth Drive (in the main shopping district) you’ll be able to pop in and out of boutiques, specialty stores, souvenir shops, art galleries, wine / cheese tasting shops, restaurants, spas and so much more.
I always like to visit “All Lathered Up”, where they sell soaps and bath salts and “The Cork & Kettle”, a small shop that offers free wine tastings and a cozy sitting area to drink it in. Ask for their pistachio infused Rosé wine!
You’ll find a variety of restaurants in Ruidoso. From Chinese, Italian to an All-American menu. My favorite place to eat at is Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub. I just love pub fare so it’s comfort food for me. A back velvet on the side doesn’t hurt either.
Ruidoso is famous for it’s bears. Thankfully I haven’t seen one in person but you can still see wooden carved versions all over town ranging from a few inches to over 6 feet tall. Be sure to bring one back as a souvenir!
The other thing I’m sure you’ll see are deer. They walk all over town and it turns out they love pistachios!
Stop by if you get the chance and feel free to contact me to find out how you can visit Ruidoso and all the cities in your dream list!