AlamogordoVisitor Center 888-843-3441. Alamogordo, New Mexico sits at the western foot of the Sacramento Mountains just east of White Sands National Monument and Holloman Air force Base, home of the US Air Force Stealth Fighter Wing. High on the mountain slope overlooking the city is the New Mexico Museum of Space History. The Museum, complete with IMAX theater is a great place to spend half a day. Alamogordo, NM also has many other attractions for kids of all ages. The Alameda Park and Zoo has been around since 1898. It touts 90 species of animals on its well shaded seven acre facility. Just to the north on White Sands Blvd is the Toy Train Depot and Museum. Go for a long ride in a miniture train, shop for unique gifts, admire some real train history. The arts and crafts district of New York Ave is a walk through the past in the Historic downtown area. Don't miss a visit to White Sands National Monument. Its like no place on earth.
The Alamogordo Fourth of July Fireworks celebration is one of the best in the region. Additionally, each September Alamogordo hosts the White Sands Invitational Hot Air Balloon competion which is as spectacular as these events come without the crowds.
Drive time from Ruidoso to Alamogordo is about one hour.Alamogordo Visitor Inquiries
Alto The Alto, New Mexico area borders Ruidoso on the North. The community is home of both the Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club and Kokopelli Country Club. The area has a growing number of full time residents and remains a popular second home choice for people throughout the Southwest.
CapitanVisitor Center 575-354-2273. Capitan New Mexico is located in a scenic area were contrasts in vistas abound. The Village Center is located about the intersection of US 380 and NM 48 roughly 20 miles north of central Ruidoso. The community has about 1500 residents and claims an educationally top rated public school system with competitive interscholastic sports programs. Employment heavily supports the tourism economy of Ruidoso.
Capitan has a charming downtown area that is a step back in time. With a little imagination one can envision riding into town on horseback dusty from a long day's ride with an empty canteen and the Winchester rifle close at hand. The large trees of the downtown area and normally light breezes make Capitan a delightful place to spend a spring afternoon.
The Village of Capitan hosts three major events each year: Smokey Bear Days, an all American Fourth of July celebration and Parade and the Lincoln County fair which touts a popular rodeo each August. Certainly, apple pie must be the town's most popular dessert.
Carlsbad Caverns National ParkVisitor Center 575-785-2232. Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located 23 miles south of Carlsbad, New Mexico. Take an elevator or footpaths on a 750 foot decline down into the one of twenty World Heritage sites and experience a place like none other. It is estimated that the birth of the caverns dates back 250 million years. There are several tours available at the National Park both guided or self directed. Base entry fees are good for three consecutive days and range from six dollars for adults to three dollars for children ages 6 to 15. Cameras are welcome but no flash photography please. Regardless of how hot the summer outdoor temperatures may be bring a jacket or sweater. The caves stay a constant 56 degrees year round. Carrying a bottle of water is adviseable. There is a good bit of walking to do even on the shortest tours so wear appropriate shoes with good tread. There are both a gift shop and a restaurant at the park. Donít miss the flight of the bats at sunset during the summer season. Summer Hours Memorial Day through Labor Day are daily from 8AM to 7PM with the last cave entry at 3:30PM. Winter Hours Labor Day to Memorial Day are daily from 8AM to 5PM with the last cave entry at 3PM.
CarrizozoVisitor Center 575-648-2732 Carrizozo, NM is located at the intersection of US 380 and US 54 at the foot of the northwestern corner of the Sacremento Mountains and White Mountain Wilderness. The Valley of the Fires Recreation Area is a popular stop.The lava fields are reached by driving 4 miles west along NM 380 from the junction with US 54. There is a side road which terminates at the visitor area and campsite, which is located on a ridge which overlooks a large expanse of lava to the west, extending to the hills over 10 miles away . Spend a few hours hiking the established trails and picknicking at well maintain facilities. Drive time from Ruidoso is about 45 minutes.Carrizozo Visitor Inquiries
CloudcroftVisitor Center 866-874-4447. Cloudcroft ,New Mexico is located on U.S. Hwy. 82 and is easily accessible from both east and west. The western approach from Alamogordo (north of El Paso, Texas, on U.S Hwy 54) is a steep 16 mile climb of nearly 5,000 vertical feet that takes travelers through a variety of climate zones. The charming mountain village of Cloudcroft owes its existence to the beauty that surrounds it. In 1898, an El Paso-Northeastern Railroad crew was laying out the route for the famous Cloud Climbing Railroad and stopped to rest on the summit of the Sacramento Mountains.
This high mountain community is a step back in time. It has a charming downtown retail district with shops, dining and art. It is also home of the famous Lodge at Cloudcroft which is a full service resort from another era. This village is a perfect romantic getaway as well as fun for the family too. The town is '9000 feet above stress level' and just an hours drive from Ruidoso, NM.
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GrantsVisitor Center 505-287-4807 or 505-876-2783 Grants, New Mexico is located in the Heart of American Indian Country. The community has grown throught the years through a series of economic booms. Begining in the early 1880's the town was the economic center for railroad construction of the Atlantic and Pacific lines stretching to Needles California. In the 1920's the construction of the Bluewater Dam brought jobs and spurred the growth of an agricultural base. By the early 1940's the region was one of the top carrot producing areas. Then in the 1950's uranium was discovered. Grants Visitor Inquiries
Lincoln Lincoln, New Mexico is located on US 380 between Hondo and Capitan. This community dates back to the old west and was the site of the famous Lincoln County Wars. This sleepy community hosts a wonderful walking tour of its historic buildings and summertime re-inactments of events surrounding the Lincoln County War. Travel time from Ruidoso is about 45 minutes.
RatonVisitor Center 800-638-6161 Raton, New Mexico is the gateway to the Land of Enchantment. Located among the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northeastern New Mexico, off Interstate 25 just miles from the Colorado border, Raton was first settled after a pay toll trail was created through the Raton pass in the late 1840ís.
Trips to nearby Capulin Volcano National Monument, NRA Whittington Center, Philmont Scout Ranch and Sugarite Canyon State Park. Are popular outings.
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RoswellVisitor Center 877-849-7679. The Aliens aren't the only reason to visit! Roswell, New Mexico is an hour and a half drive east from Ruidoso. The community was originally established as a popular stop over for Cattlemen driving stock north along the Pecos River Valley to the Chisum trail. In 1891 an artisian water source was discovered which spurred the growth of agriculture and the opening of the New Mexico Military Institute. Roswell has a strong dairy industry and is a popular retirement community. Attractions in the area include the Roswell Museum and Art Center, the International UFO Museum and Research Center, Bottomless Lakes State Park and the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge.Roswell Visitor Inquiries
TularosaVisitor Center 575-585-9858. Tularosa, New Mexico is located just a 45 minute drive west from Ruidoso on highway 70. This quaint town sits at the foot of the Sacramento Mountains and was settled in the early 1860ís when nearly 100 Mexican families from the Las Cruces area relocated after Rio Grande floods to this place just south of the Rio Tularosa. The areaís abundant water made it a great place for orchards and farming. Truly a unique place, Tularosa has shops, dining, vineyards and a historic downtown area.
White Oaks Just an about an hours drive north of Ruidoso is the artist community of White Oaks, New Mexico. Establishment of this community picked up circa 1878 when prospector John J. Baxter discovered Gold. The area is named for the White Oak trees that surronded a local spring. A visit to this community is a taste of the old west. Turn off four miles north of Carrizozo on US 54 and spend a day visiting the School House Museum, Art Galleries and several historic homes.White Oaks Visitor Inquiries