Ruidoso, New Mexico, is steeped in western history. There are 338 ranches with the cattle barons occupying about 1.8 million acres near the mountain getaway of Ruidoso. Ruidoso is Spanish meaning "noisy" because the rumbling, roaring Rio Ruidoso River comes thundering down the mountainside through the awesome scenic Lincoln National Forest. Hotels in Ruidoso include cabins, inns, elegant suites and budget rooms that fit every budget. Ruidoso hotels have free Internet service, complimentary breakfasts and down-home western hospitality.
The Ruidoso Convention Center on Sierra Blanca Drive regularly hosts corporate meetings, conventions, trade shows, and fundraisers. Attend the Cowboy Symposium during the second week of October. The finest western artists, poets, musicians in the country regularly attend this event. The Convention Center is conveniently located near several Ruidoso hotels.
Cattle Baron Restaurant on Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso features a large menu with options such as prime cut steak, seafood, Italian and authentic Mexican cuisine. The casual atmosphere and western-themed décor make this restaurant a favorite among visitors and locals.
Ruidoso Downs Race Track is the home of the All American Futurity quarter horse race. Located on East Highway 70, Ruidoso Downs also contains a casino area and dining options for visitors.
Burke's Outlet on East Highway 70 is only a short drive from several Ruidoso hotels and offers brand name apparel and accessory stores that feature great selections and discounts.
The Lincoln National Forest bordering Ruidoso, and the nearby wilderness areas, is a haven for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Hunters flock to Ruidoso and families enjoy camping, fishing, horseback riding and skiing.