Off the Beaten Path Travel: Why Ruidoso, NM Is on my Bucket list

Ruidoso, New Mexico Alto Lake

When it comes to traveling, I love off-the-beaten-path destinations. And this gal, used to a moderate climate, would rather visit destinations where I don’t feel like I’m melting, you know? I recently discovered a good one, Ruidoso, New Mexico, and learned about just what makes it so fun for families, couples, solo travel -you name it. Here’s why you need to consider a visit to Ruidoso, NM, especially when you want to escape the heat!

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I know I was surprised to learn that there’s places in the Southwest where you can escape the heat. Ruidoso, New Mexico is one of those spots and it just so happens to offer plenty of outdoor activities, cultural hot spots, scenic views, and amazing dining any time of year, but its respite is from late spring to early autumn.

Ruidoso, NM small shops

There’s Nothing Small about this Small Town!

Ruidoso is one of those spots where folks head to get away from the sweltering temps the Southwest so often provides. Filled with small-town charm, it doesn’t fall short when it comes to activities, dining, and outdoorsy fun. The town has plenty of things to do including visiting art galleries, shopping, and delish dining, too.

Mountain Bike Rear View in Ruidoso NM

Now, that’s a View!

As a family, we love visiting local attractions and events, but we also dig walking and light hiking. Happily, Ruidoso offers all sorts of ways to see its gorgeous mountain vistas for the adventurous and laid-back. There’s horseback riding, scenic gondola rides, and the Wind Rider Zip Line Tour. While each will show you picturesque scenery, it’s totally up to you how to view it.

If you’re up for birding, head to Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. It’s there that 377 species of birds have been spotted. Cranes and geese winter in the refuge every year, but you’ll also have to keep an eye out for raptors, waterfowl, and other types when you visit.

Mescalero Child Dancer in Ruidoso, New Mexico
Mescalero Child Dancer in Ruidoso, NM.

Culture & History in Ruidoso, NM

Ruidoso is located in historical Lincoln County and was once home the infamous Billy the Kid. In honor, Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway pays tribute to the infamous man and frontier history. Stops along the way include Fort Stanton, The Mescalero Apache Homeland, and historic Old Lincoln.  Speaking of Lincoln, Old Lincoln Days are the first weekend in August and offer reenactments, a parade, pageant, and foodie finds.

If you really want the story on Western history, the Hubbard Museum of the American West is a must-do. It’s here you’ll find both local and regional culture and art displays.

A Waterless Sea

Ever wanted to sled ride down a gypsum sand dune? Head to White Sands National Monument and you’ll get the chance. True fact: not only does the white gypsum look like snow, it also offers similar properties without the cold! You can purchase a waxed-sled at the park gift shop and take a trip down a dune.

Take a Break

After all the adventure, it’s nice to take a load off, right? Here’s where Ruidoso does it so well. Sure, there’s day spas and yoga sessions, but there’s unusual ways to unwind including a sensory deprivation tank session. Flotation Station has two Dream Pods. Each is filled with 12 inches of water and is both light and sound-free. The purpose? The zero-gravity environment allows for the stimulation of endorphins, and we all know the good they do for both body and mind. Dissolved Epsom salt keeps the skin from wrinkling and allows for the ultimate relaxation.

Heading to the Southwest USA but not looking forward to the sweltering temps? Here's why a visit to Ruidoso, New Mexico should be on your bucket list!

I’ve shared with you my reasons for visiting Ruidoso, NM, so please do the same for me. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you’re looking forward to fin a visit!

All photos courtesy of Blog Meets Brand and Discover Ruidoso, NM.

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14 Thoughts to “Off the Beaten Path Travel: Why Ruidoso, NM Is on my Bucket list”

  1. Hey this looks an enthralling place n itself, serene yet adventurous! Should definitely be on the travel list for a short trip!

    1. Karyn Locke

      I’m so happy you discovered a new place to visit!

  2. Anu

    Small Towns are usually small only in their size but they usually have a big heart, a warm community, and mother nature always around.

    1. Karyn Locke

      I couldn’t agree more!

  3. Oh wow, this is a lovely area. I’ve never been here either, but now I feel like I must go! I always love learning the history of places.

  4. Talk about a hidden gem! I have never been to New Mexico but it’s definitely on my bucket list now. It looks like a gorgeous place to relax and explore.

  5. What a lovely hidden gem there, I have never hear of Ruidoso before or I have not been to New Mexico. I am a huge history person, so I would also love to visit Lincoln County and learn more about the infamous Billy the Kid.

  6. Thanks for bringing my attention to this beautiful area! I have been trying to convince my husband to take a road trip (as we are pretty close to New Mexico) but he always says “why leave one desert just to visit another.” Now I can tell him a place that he may enjoy the cooler weather in Ruidoso. You have no idea how much this has helped lol.

    1. Karyn Locke

      Then, my job here is done. lol

  7. Ola

    I’ve been only been to New Mexico once before. This sounds like an awesome place to visit.

  8. Well, this small town has so much to discover about! I would definitely love to visit this place. Thanks for sharing Ruidoso info, Karyn!

  9. Well, this small town has so much to discover about! I would definitely love to visit this place. Thanks for sharing Ruidoso info, Karyn!

  10. Ohhh, your shots are amazing! I am amazed by the clouds! They look like a 3D! This is my first time to learn about Ruidoso, New Mexico and I guess I must include this on my next places to visit.

  11. Oh what a relaxing sight to see! All the pictures are very on point and captured the town well.

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