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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,833
Male Share of the Population51.6%
Female Share of the Population48.4%
Senior Citizens27.5%
Employed Population 16+3,198
Age of the Population51

Families

% of people married48.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher28.3%
Median Earnings25+$24,980
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,185
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,804

Wealth

Median Family Income$47,612
% Above Poverty Level84.2%
% Below Poverty Level15.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work2%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone37.8%
Median Gross Rent$824
Median House Value$167,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39%
German13%
English11.3%
Irish10.4%
Scottish2.9%
French Except Basque2.6%
Polish2%
Italian1.5%
Norwegian1.5%
Swedish0.7%
Danishn0.5%
African0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Welsh0.2%
Hungarian0.1%
Czech0.1%
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Ruidoso Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lincoln County
Standard Zip Codes88345
P.O. Box Zip Codes88355
Phone Area Codes575, 505
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude33.35
Approximate Longitude-105.68

Ruidoso Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationRUIDOSO
Distance0.6 miles
Jan Temp20 to 50 F
Apr Temp30 to 65 F
Jul Temp49 to 80 F
Oct Temp33 to 67 F
Annual Precip22.7 inches
StationCARRIZOZO 1 SW
Distance24.7 miles
Jan Temp22 to 52 F
Apr Temp37 to 73 F
Jul Temp59 to 91 F
Oct Temp39 to 73 F
Annual Precip13.5 inches
StationCLOUDCROFT
Distance26.6 miles
Jan Temp17 to 41 F
Apr Temp28 to 57 F
Jul Temp46 to 71 F
Oct Temp31 to 59 F
Annual Precip28.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Capitan1,548$36,413
Carrizozo905$51,806
Ruidoso Downs2,629$33,636

Ruidoso Public Libraries

Ruidoso Public Library
107 KANSAS CITY ROAD
Ruidoso, New Mexico
(575) 258-3704

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Ruidoso Hospitals

Lincoln County Medical Center
(Non-profit)
211 Sudderth Drive
(575) 257-8200

Ruidoso Public Schools

Nob Hill Early Childhood Center
105 South Sutton Dr
ZIP: 88345
(575) 257-9041
Primary
Total Enrollment 198
Ruidoso High
125 Warrior Dr
ZIP: 88345
(575) 258-4910
High
Total Enrollment 559
Ruidoso Middle
123 Warrior Dr
ZIP: 88345
(505) 257-4051
Middle
Total Enrollment 475
Sierra Vista Primary
199 White Mountain Dr
ZIP: 88345
(575) 258-4943
Primary
Total Enrollment 350
White Mountain Elementary
203 White Mountain Dr
ZIP: 88345
(575) 258-4220
Primary
Total Enrollment 484

Ruidoso Private Schools

Sierra Blanca Christian
270 Country Club Dr
ZIP: 88345
Elementary
Total Enrollment 32
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