Discover Ruidoso :: 15 Fun, Family Friendly Activities

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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.

Discover Ruidoso :: 15 Fun, Family Friendly ActivitiesHere are some fun kid-friendly trip ideas for visiting Ruidoso:

1. Explore the multi-use trail system on foot, bike, or horse.

Discover Ruidoso :: 15 Fun, Family Friendly Activities

2. Go for a wild ride down the water slide at the Schoolhouse Park Pool. Or, head for the Wibit Water Park at Grindstone Lake. Discover Ruidoso :: 15 Fun, Family Friendly Activities

3. Take the go-carts for a spin at FunTrackers. Or climb the ropes course at Adventure Mountain Family Fun Center.

4. Pan for gold at the Flying J Ranch.

5. Fly down the mountain on one of the longest zip lines in the world. (Must be 10 years or older). Or take a Gondola Ride up at Ski Apache.

6. Experience the only summer tubing hill in Southern New Mexico at Ruidoso Winter Park.Discover Ruidoso :: 15 Fun, Family Friendly Activities

  1. Play a round of disc golf or check out one of the many golf courses in town.
  2. Row a paddle boat at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.
  3. Cheer on the horses at Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino.
  4. Cast a line in one of the many lakes, streams and rivers.
  5. Experience the old west at Fort Stanton Historic Site or see where Billy the Kid escaped from prison in Lincoln.
  6. Cowboy up at the Smokey Bear Stampede Rodeo or the Mescalero Apache Ceremonial Dances & Rodeo.
  7. Kids and families love the guided trail rides at Grindstone Stables.
  8. Geocaching is perfect for families with children and for serious orienteer’s keen for an outdoor challenge.
  9. 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.

Make plans to head south on your next vacation. Visit for lodging and more ideas for planning your trip to Ruidoso.

About our guest blogger ::

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/digital/creative space for 10+ years. Kelly and her husband Brandon have three kids under five which is total chaos most days. In a former life, Kelly was a golfer, runner, crossfitter, and occasional yogi. Now, most of her exercise comes from wrangling two toddlers, a baby, and two dogs. Kelly is living her best life in the mountains, raising her kids in a small town, and promoting her hometown as part of the Village of Ruidoso’s Team Tourism.