Enjoy Unforgettable Moments 

Ruidoso truly shines during the winter months, offering a unique blend of natural beauty, small-town charm, and the rich flavors of Southwestern cuisine. Amidst the towering pines of the southern Rockies, this charming New Mexico village offers a winter experience to create lasting memories.

A Tranquil Mountain Village

Ruidoso is a place that encourages you to slow down, reconnect with nature, and find solace in the simple pleasures of life. With miles of trails crisscrossing Lincoln National Forest, you can embark on captivating winter hikes on scenic trails, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding. Another highlight is the opportunity to witness the grandeur of the night sky. The absence of light pollution allows for a mesmerizing display of stars, constellations, and even the Milky Way. It’s the perfect setting for a truly enchanting vacation.

Cozy Cabins for Your Retreat

After a day of adventure and exploration, retreat to a cozy cabin and unwind before a crackling fire. Ruidoso offers an array of cabins, lodges, vacation rentals, and resorts that provide a fairy-tale escape. Curl up with a good book, bask in the warmth of the fireplace, or simply take in the breathtaking views. Ruidoso accommodations offer the perfect blend of comfort and rustic charm, allowing you to recharge and rejuvenate in a serene setting. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway or a family retreat, Ruidoso’s cozy accommodations will provide the perfect backdrop for your winter vacation.

Ice Skating at Wingfield Park

Whether you’re a seasoned skater or a novice, head to Wingfield Park, where the outdoor ice rink provides a picturesque setting for skaters of all ages and skill levels. You can rent skates on-site or bring your own. Feel the crisp winter air on your face as you twirl and glide on the ice, creating unforgettable moments in the heart of Ruidoso.

Embrace Winter Beyond the Slopes

For skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, the heart-pounding allure of Ski Apache awaits, boasting a top elevation of 11,500 feet. But there’s much more to explore in Ruidoso beyond the slopes. Wander through the town’s galleries, restaurants, and charming shops. Ruidoso’s Midtown shopping district is a hub of activity, offering diverse, unique boutiques and stores. You’ll also find cafes, brewpubs, and wineries offering foodie experiences to savor with New Mexico wine and spirits. There’s something to delight every visitor.

Unforgettable Holiday Celebrations

During winter, Ruidoso dons a festive cloak of lights and decorations with holiday parades and winter sleigh rides from late November to the end of December. The annual Festival of Lights brings friends and family together for an evening parade and After Party. At the Flying J Ranch, you can enjoy special Christmas performances. It’s a joyous time to celebrate the season.

Thrills and Chills at Ruidoso Winter Park

Grab a tube and race your friends down the lanes, or enjoy a thrilling ride individually or in tandem at Ruidoso Winter Park. Gather a group and experience the fastest and longest ride by descending in a giant tube. For the ultimate adventure, ride Winter Park’s Mountain Coaster, boasting 5100 feet of year-round waves and dips, plus a 360-degree helix.

Gear up for Adventure

Before embarking on your winter escapades, ensure you have all the necessary gear. Ruidoso boasts a selection of shops that cater to outdoor enthusiasts. With everything from winter clothing to safety gear and extra layers, Ruidoso shops are well-equipped to prepare you for any adventure.

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