RIDE TV’s in Ruidoso, New Mexico for the weekend for the Ruidoso Futurity and Derby Trials, covering our first live event. It’s kind of a big deal around here. And while a live broadcast will be rather time consuming, we imagine there will be some free time for race-goers.
So what do you do with down time in Ruidoso? We have a few suggestions!
1.) Apache Eagle ZipRider
Ruidoso is known for its astounding alpine landscape and extensive forestry. If you want the best view of the landscape, the Apache Eagle ZipRider is the way to go. For three minutes, you’ll soar high above the trees at speeds exceeding 30 miles per hour. The Apache Eagle ZipRider is now open at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.
2.) Apache Wind Rider Zip Tour
If you’re sensing a theme here, you wouldn’t be wrong, but the Apache Wind Rider Zip Tour offers thrill-seekers an adrenaline rush greater than it’s counterpart. Through Ski Apache, the Wind Rider Zip Tour begins at almost 11,500 feet, reaches speeds exceeding 60 miles per hour, and lasts for more than an hour and half over the course of three lines.
3.) Boating at Mescalero Lake
Looking for something a little more grounded? This might not be exactly what you’re looking for, but it is definitely closer to the ground than a zip line. Take in the majestic Mescalero Lake from a much lower altitude with these boat rentals. Fishing is also available
4.) Grindstone Disc Golf Course
I promise this one’s actually on solid ground. The Grindstone Disc Golf Course is seated among the tress and alpine vastness of Grindstone Canyon. The 27-hole course is challenging, serving as the home of New Mexico’s disc golf championship, which is held here annually. Take in everything the Ruidoso landscape has to offer you as you engage in some friendly competition.
5.) Flying J Ranch
It’s the quintessential western experience. The folks at the Flying J are committed to bringing out the Cowboy or Cowgirl in all of us. With activities like blacksmithing, gold panning, roping, riding and six-shooting, you’ll find plenty to do during the day before you settle in for an authentic chuck wagon dinner and cowboy country music.
6.) Fort Stanton Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area
It looks like a mouthful, I know, but Fort Stanton offers everything your inner outdoorsman is looking for. Activities include hiking, biking, camping, hunting and horseback riding, but Fort Stanton hangs its hat on its extensive cave system, which anyone is free to explore. The cave is the second longest cave in New Mexico, the 14th longest cave in the U.S., the 62th longest in the world.
7.) Hubbard Museum of the American West
Not gonna lie, this looks more my speed. I’m a sucker for a good museum. The Hubbard Museum is a Smithsonian affiliate and invites its guests to not only learn about the American West, but also experience it as they pass through three separate walks of life from the time period: the Native American, the Hispanic and the Pioneer.
8.) No Scum Allowed Saloon
You should fit in just fine. You’re the least scummy person I know! Joking aside, the No Scum Allowed Saloon is a piece of living history. Located in White Oaks, just nine short miles from Ruidoso, the saloon keeps up the tradition of the Old-West boomtown in a building that bore witness to it. Legend has it Billy the Kid, himself, once walked the streets.
9.) Pilllow’s Funtrackers
Go-Karts. Mini Golf. Arcade. ‘Nuff said.
10.) Ruidoso Downs Race Track
I bet you thought I was going to forget about this one. I wouldn’t do that; it’s the whole reason why we’re there. I was just saving the best for last. Since the 1940s, Ruidoso Downs has been providing the southwest a gateway to one of America’s most renowned pastimes – horseracing. In our eyes, it is by far the coolest thing to do in Ruidoso, so if you’re in the area come say, “HAY!”
If you find yourself in Ruidoso for any leg of the Triple Crown Series, we hope you’ll pay these awesome attractions a visit.
–RIDE TV Crew