Introduction to Ruidoso, New Mexico

Ruidoso, New Mexico is 92 miles NE of Las Cruces, New Mexico and 118 miles NE of El Paso, Texas.

Ruidoso History

The village of Ruidoso gets its name from the Rio Ruidoso, or the noisy river. Located on the eastern slopes of the Sacramento Mountains, the village was formerly known as Dowling’s Mill. Soon after its establishment, Ruidoso became a popular mountain resort town due to the alpine scenery of the region. The area was originally inhabited by the Apache Indians.

Ruidoso and nearby Attractions

  • Museum of the Horse
  • Hubbard Museum of the American West
  • Carrizozo Heritage Museum
  • Miner’s Home & Toolshed Museum
  • Corona Museum
  • Ruidoso River Museum

Things To Do In Ruidoso

Ruidoso offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Those interested in the area's history should visit the Fort Stanton Museum, the Hubbard Museum of the American West and the Ruidoso River Museum. One can also visit the Spencer Theater of Performing Arts, which offers live performances along with guided tours of its galleries. Local festivals include the Ruidoso Art Festival and the Mountain of Blues Festival.

Ruidoso Transportation

The Sierra Blanca Regional Airport is nearby.

Ruidoso Higher Education

Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Campus is the local institute of higher education. Other institutes near Ruidoso include New Mexico State University, El Paso Community College, New Mexico State University-Dona Anna and the University of Texas at El Paso.


Total Population 7,884
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 28.3%
Employed Population 16+ 3,283
Age of the Population 51


% of people married 49.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $52,348
% Above Poverty Level 87.9%
% Below Poverty Level 12.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 38%
Median Gross Rent $776
Median House Value $162,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.9%
US/American 0%
English 12.9%
Irish 11%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ruidoso Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 92 miles NE of Las Cruces, New Mexico (center to center)
Nearest Large City 118 miles NE of El Paso, Texas
County Lincoln
Standard Zip Codes 88345
P.O. Box Zip Codes 88355
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.331
Longitude -105.672

Ruidoso Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 50 F
Apr Temp 30 to 65 F
Jul Temp 49 to 80 F
Oct Temp 33 to 67 F
Annual Precip 22.7 inches
Distance 24.7 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 52 F
Apr Temp 37 to 73 F
Jul Temp 59 to 91 F
Oct Temp 39 to 73 F
Annual Precip 13.5 inches
Distance 26.6 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 41 F
Apr Temp 28 to 57 F
Jul Temp 46 to 71 F
Oct Temp 31 to 59 F
Annual Precip 28.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ruidoso, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Alto Crest (88345)

Hollywood (88345)

Sierra Blanca (88345)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Capitan 1,306 $34,063
Carrizozo 934 $32,159
Ruidoso Downs 2,674 $31,212

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ruidoso Public Libraries

Ruidoso Public Library
Ruidoso, New Mexico
(505) 258-3704

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Ruidoso Hospitals

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(505) 257-8250
Emergency Service: Yes

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Ruidoso High Schools

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Serves 710 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

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Serves 13 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

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