Ruidoso Visitors & 2nd Homeowners:
Yes, there are pandemic restrictions in place but, town is OPEN!
Thank you for visiting Ruidoso.net. This is a locally owned website and I appreciate you for keeping your business local.
This page provides detailed information on COVID-19 restrictions in Ruidoso and Lincoln County New Mexico. However, this is general information and not gospel. Throughout the page you will find links and phone numbers to help you plan your trip. I want you to have a great time while knowing, in advance, what is happening here. Town is busy and in full swing with summer visitors.
As of 08-04-2020:
There has been a significant increase in number of Covid cases in our county. Help us keep our businesses open and our employees safe by wearing masks, washing your hands often and maintaining physical distance. If you are not willing to wear a mask please consider visiting us in better times.
The NM governor's Public Health Order is in force through August 29th or until she amends it.
There is a 14 day quarantine for out of state visitors. This 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 if you have traveled across state lines.
While other parts of the state have had road blocks to confirm that out of state visitors know about the 14 day quarantine requirement this has not happened in the Ruidoso area. However, local law enforcement will occasionally set up DUI checkpoints. Please don't drink and drive. The federal border patrol check points are not enforcing the state level quarantine order and they are not deterring visitors.
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.
Please bring more supplies and groceries than you would typically. Our small town infrastructure is being taxed and it helps if you arrive with the essentials.
Lodging is open and operating at 50% capacity.
The Ruidoso Downs Race Track is operating with limited seating in the Turf Club. I've heard tickets are hard to get but give it a go here: Ruidoso Downs reservations. General admission is not allowed at this time. Visit this page to see wagering options and links to live racing.
The Inn of the Mountain Gods and casinos are closed until "at least" August 14th. Their phone number is 575-464-7059.
The Flying J Ranch dining and show (all under cover) in their open air barn is open. The Spencer Theater is closed for their summer season.
The recreation area of Ski Apache is closed until "at least" August 14th.
Shopping is open with some restrictions such as face coverings.
Dining and breweries are open for patio or outdoor seating at 50%. Of course, carry out and delivery is available. It's a bummer, but the bars and indoor dining are still closed. There is legal action trying to reopen indoor dining. I will update if anything changes.
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 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.
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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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P.S. As things change, I update this page on any device at my disposal. Sometimes it's a cell phone. Please forgive any typos but if you see one it's okay to tell me about it.