5 Reasons to Visit Ruidoso

The mountain town of Ruidoso is a hidden gem, perched in the Sierra Blanca range of beautiful Southern New Mexico.  Here you’ll find 5 reasons to make Ruidoso your next escape.

#1 – Inn of the Mountain Gods

Inn of the Mountain Gods

New Mexico’s premier casino resort is simply a thing of beauty.  Perched among picturesque mountain scenery, Inn of the Mountain Gods is stand-alone destination.  Offering 38,000 square feet of casino floor, an 18-hole golf course, and fine dining onsite, this is truly one of the best reasons to visit the region!

#2 – Ski Apache

Located only 140 miles north of the Mexican border, Ruidoso is a somewhat surprising winter wonderland destination as the home of Ski Apache resort.  Owned by the Mescalero Apache tribe, the ski mountain offers 750 acres of runs (20% Expert), 9 lifts, and New Mexico’s only passenger gondola.  What’s more?  With a regional moderate temperature, this is one of the few places in the country that guests can ski in the morning and head to lower altitudes for golf in the afternoon.  What’s not to love about that?!

#3 – Ruidoso Downs

Ruidoso Downs - horse racing destination

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Ruidoso Downs, home to one of New Mexico’s finest tracks, becomes a horse racing destination.  Onsite gambling, slot machines, and dining ensures that race day will be a fun and memorable outing for enthusiasts and first-timers alike.

#4 – Spencer Theater

Fifteen years of planning and a $22 million endowment produced the Spencer Theater of Performing Arts, a truly world-class venue in all categories.  The splendid and artistic design would be home in any modern city, but instead enjoys beautiful panoramic mountain views – unique among comparable theaters.  And each season, guests to the 514 seat hall are treated to a wide range of exceptional performances.

Check the coming lineup and plan accordingly!

#5 – Everything Else!

In truth, Ruidoso has far more than 5 things that will appeal to visitors.  Horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and golfing are all readily available.  Ruidoso Winter Park offers exceptional (and fast) snow tubing.  If shopping is your addiction, Ruidoso has a surprisingly large art community offering all manner of crafts, and foodies will find a broad range of dining options… both fine, and not-so-fine.  You’ll be short of time long before you’ll be short of things to do in this town.

For lodging, check with Condotel, Ruidoso’s finest property management company.  They offer more than 100 cabins, condos, and home of varying size and amenities.  They will have something perfect for you and yours.

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