Planning the perfect family vacation can be exhausting. Luckily, there are lots of great places to visit in New Mexico that are just a few hours from Albuquerque.
Ruidoso, located just three hours from Albuquerque in the Sacramento Mountains of South Central New Mexico, is the perfect answer to your next family road trip or weekend getaway. It’s also a great stop if you’re planning a visit White Sands National Park. Escape the heat this summer and head to the mountains of Ruidoso.
Here are some fun kid-friendly trip ideas for visiting Ruidoso:
1. Explore the multi-use trail system on foot, bike, or horse.
4. Pan for gold at the Flying J Ranch.
6. Experience the only summer tubing hill in Southern New Mexico at Ruidoso Winter Park.
- Play a round of disc golf or check out one of the many golf courses in town.
- Row a paddle boat at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.
- Cheer on the horses at Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino.
- Cast a line in one of the many lakes, streams and rivers.
- Experience the old west at Fort Stanton Historic Site or see where Billy the Kid escaped from prison in Lincoln.
- Cowboy up at the Smokey Bear Stampede Rodeo or the Mescalero Apache Ceremonial Dances & Rodeo.
- Kids and families love the guided trail rides at Grindstone Stables.
- Geocaching is perfect for families with children and for serious orienteer’s keen for an outdoor challenge.
- Pick up a souvenir or ice cream treat from the Midtown Shopping District.
Because Ruidoso is at an elevation of over 7,000 feet, it’s important to remember a take a hat, put on your sunscreen, and carry a water bottle. There’s also a park or playground for every age with a special Fairy Trail along the river.
The fun doesn’t stop at the end of the summer. As the colors start to change, Ruidoso offers lots of family-friendly things to do in the fall like the All American CowboyFest, Aspenfest Parade and the Wild West Mountain Bike Festival.
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After spending thirteen years fighting the Texas heat and avoiding tornadoes in Oklahoma, Kelly moved back home to the cool pines of Ruidoso, NM. Kelly has been working in the marketing/communication/