Ruidoso Visitors & 2nd Homeowners:
As of 09-29-2020:
Yes, there are pandemic restrictions in place but, town is OPEN!
The restrictions have gotten complicated. In a nutshell the 14 day quarantine is still in effect. There are states that are exempt and individuals who can show documentation of a valid negative COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours before or after entry into New Mexico are also exempt. You can look this over for more info: cv.nmhealth.org
The 14 day quarantine for out of state visitors does not mean you must stay here 14 days. It means that you are not supposed to be in any public setting for 14 days of the date of your arrival. Click here to see which states are restricted states.
Face masks are required in public. Please honor this regulation and wear a mask or neck gaiter when in public. Violators may be subject to a $100 fine. While it does not appear that local law enforcement is enforcing this, the burden of enforcement is falling on the local businesses so please...just do it for them. If an employee tests positive or if there is a threat of exposure, the business is shut down. Please help to protect our workers and our businesses by complying.
Lodging is open and operating at 75% capacity.
The Inn of the Mountain Gods casino, Casino Apache and the golf course are open. Restrictions are in place. Masks are required. Click here for details of what is open/closed at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.
The Flying J Ranch dining and show (all under cover) in their open air barn is open weekends through October 3rd. The Spencer Theater has extended their closure.
The recreation area of Ski Apache has not announced their winter opening date.
Shopping is open with some restrictions such as face coverings.
Dining and breweries are open for patio or outdoor seating at 50%. Indoor dining is open at 25% capacity. Of course, carry out and delivery is available. It's a bummer, bars are still closed.
Currently, state parks are not open to out-of-state visitors but they are open for visitors that live in New Mexico. Fort Stanton and the Town of Lincoln are closed but still worth the drive to walk around and see them. Jack Shuster is still giving tours of Old Lincoln, https://www.ruidoso.net/listing/detail/288, if you're looking for something awesome to do.
The local lakes are not state parks. They are open but reservations are required at Grindstone Lake Friday through Sunday. Click here to make reservations: Parks and Recreation. Alto Lake does not require reservations. Bonito Lake is still closed but that is due to the Little Bear Fire from several years ago and has nothing to do with Covid.
RV parks are open. Fee based campgrounds are closed but the remote camping areas are open such as the camping areas past Bonito Lake. Hiking trails are open. Campfires are allowed. For more info about camping and hiking call the Smokey Bear Ranger Station 575-257-4095. I think more camping is now open to in-state residents but please verify this by calling the phone number above.
For more information visit this website, https://www.ruidoso-nm.gov/coronavirus-covid-19. You may also try to call the Visitor Center at 575-257-7395, however, they remain closed to walk-in visitors. The Ruidoso.net Facebook page also has information as it comes available.
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