Introduction to Ruidoso, New Mexico
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.
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.