Discover the most amazing places for a Ruidoso fall getaway. We’ve compiled our autumn vacation ideas—all our top attractions, best food, cultural happenings, most memorable activities – and hidden gems worth traveling for. Meet the locals, find the best deals from our partners, and learn how to get here, get around, and find accommodations.
Fall Trip Ideas
Autumn is one of Ruidoso’s most enjoyable seasons with crisp weather, changing colors and fewer visitors. Here are some fun (and often free!) activities to do this Fall.
Discover everything you need to know about Grindstone Lake, one of Ruidoso's most popular recreation areas located just minutes from downtown Ruidoso.
Camping is not only an awesome vacation for those who love the outdoors, but it's also a great way to keep a Ruidoso vacation affordable. Learn everything you need to know to plan your Ruidoso camping trip now!
Thanks to over a million acres of National Forest and wilderness areas, virtually every corner of Ruidoso is waiting to be discovered.
From dazzling night skies to snow-capped peaks and evergreen forests, here are five reasons to make a Ruidoso mountain vacation your next adventure.
Cool temperatures. Unbelievable scenery. This is the Ruidoso golf experience. With four spectacular Ruidoso area golf courses, each course is situated against breathtaking backdrops with its own personality and landscape. Discover which one is best for you.
Enjoy a day of gallery hopping in Ruidoso's Midtown shopping district with this recommended art itinerary.
To get a quick taste of the diverse landscapes that surround our mountain oasis, start with these day trips from Ruidoso.
Quench your thirst for New Mexico craft beers and wines at these local hangouts
A Ruidoso vacation cabin can be a fairy-tale escape — a place to curl up with a good book in front of the fireplace or conquer the nearby ski hills. Ready to cozy up to your own slice of cabin bliss? Here are a few visitor favorites to help get you started.
What's the weather in Ruidoso? Check out the official Village of Ruidoso Tourism Webcam from its strategic point overlooking Midtown in the heart of Ruidoso’s shopping and restaurant district with Sierra Blanca towering in the distance.
Discover the best of Ruidoso with YOLO TX travel TV host Aerin Carreno as she shares her Ruidoso adventures in Season 2 opener.
Inspired by the heritage of the Mescalero tribe, the new The Spa at the Inn offers a wide array of signature facials, relaxing body treatments, manicures and pedicures, waxing treatments and high-end salon services.
Food writer Lauran Monitz spent the weekend cowgirling it up at her first Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium. Check out her tips for making the most of your visit.
Bring a picnic, cast for fish, paddle a boat, cycle, horseback ride, or explore on foot via multi-use trails at two cool, clear alpine reservoirs in Ruidoso that will keep you coming back for more.
Wildlife and Ruidoso go hand in hand. From the quiet appearance of the majestic elk and wild horse herds that roam here to the impressive flight of the bald eagle and the entertaining antics of the bears that are frequently seen, here are some of Ruidoso's most amazing wildlife and some tips on where you can safely spot them on your next trip.
From patios to fireplaces and cozy corners to curl up and chat, here are six delicious spots for the most important meal of the day.
Ruidoso is a place where locals love to sit back and let the opinions fly. A place where hipsters, old hippies, ski bums, and local eccentrics mingle with tourists to sip strong coffee and solve the world's problems.
Upcoming Fall Events
For 50 years, the village of Ruidoso in the southern mountains of New Mexico has hosted riders and enthusiasts for the Golden Aspen (Est. 1969) and AspenCash (Est. 1997) motorcycle rallies. In 2019, the Golden Aspen Rally returns to the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack September 18 - 22, 2019. To learn more, visit MotorcycleRally.com
Build & fly your own kite, food & drinks, and kite demonstrations at the White Mountain Sports Complex. Spend a Sunday with family and friends. See the kites fly, see them swirl and see them do acrobatics in the sky. A perfect way to kick off fall with outdoor fun in a park setting. For more information call Parks & Recreation at: 575-257-5030
Do you love rockin’ blues, hot BBQ and ice-cold beer? Then don’t miss the 4th annual Brews, Blues & BBQ on September 21 from Noon – 6 pm. Enjoy some of the tastiest BBQ around and choose from over 200 beers. $25 gets you 10 4-ounce pours of your favorite brews. Plus, enjoy free live music on the lawn next to the beautiful shores of Lake Mescalero.
With a world-class horn section, a rocking rhythm section and sky-high vocals, Brass Transit transports audiences back to the freewheeling days of the 70s and the multi-platinum songbook of Chicago, arguably the greatest jazz-rock band of all time.
Each year at the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium there is ALWAYS stellar entertainment, ALWAYS a chuckwagon cook-off, ALWAYS great family fun, and ALWAYS a great exhibition of western wares with over 100 vendors and their unique products for you to buy. Plus mounted shooting competition and equestrian demonstrations.
Foodies won’t want to miss this evening of gourmet food and cooking demonstrations by Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse! Known for his hit shows on the Food Network, the Amazon original series Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse and as the food correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America, Emeril is the chef and proprietor of 11 restaurants and the bestselling author of 19 cookbooks. Tickets are $70 and include a delectable dinner. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm.
Great food, great beer, great music, arts & crafts - and "dressing for the occasion" is encouraged! Don't miss our very own Kinderhall featuring all kinds of fun and games for the kids! Food booths feature delicious German staples such as Bratwurst, schnitzels and sauerkraut.
Although the gates are open every day for visitors, few people get to experience the fort after dark. Conducted after dark, rangers. historians, and the Paranormal Society greet and guide visitors. Half-hour guided tours will begin at 6:OO p.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. Cost is $10 per person, children under 12 are free.
Join Ruidoso Parks and Rec for Midtown Trick-or-Treating and a Haunted Halloween at Wingfield Park on October 31st from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. There's a costume contest for children 17 and younger. Pumpkin carving, glow necklace, candy and much more. See you there!
Don't miss this lively annual community Day of the Dead celebration in Lincoln, NM, honoring the stories, lives, and legacies of those who passed away. Come and join the fun with music, dance, family activities, face painting, altar-offerings, arts and crafts, plus food and drink. This community event is free to the public.
Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with Ruidoso Parks and Rec at Wingfield Park. There will be food, drinks, and plenty of activities for the whole family.
Put down that fork and put on your running shoes for the After Turkey–Turkey Trot in Ruidoso, a 5K Run-Walk around The Links at Sierra Blanca. Registration begins at 8:30 AM with entry fee of one or more cans of food to support the Lincoln County Food Bank. T-Shirts will be handed out to the first 30 who register as sizes and supplies last.