The Ruidoso area showcases all the things that make the beautiful State of New Mexico attractive to visitors from around the world. Or location and wide variety of attractions make Ruidoso a family friendly destination! Our area activities include skiing at the breathtaking Ski Apache ski area, golfing, fishing, biking and hiking trails, horseback riding and hunting. Ruidoso is in the heart of Lincoln County which is rich in history. Our museums include Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso River Museum, Smokey Bear Museum, Fort Stanton Museum, White Oaks Schoolhouse Museum and Lincoln State Monument Museum. "Billy the Kid Scenic By-Way" is History-To-Go along the two-lane blacktops of Lincoln County and is truly a trip to remember. We are one of the premier locations for Fine Art featuring local artist as well as artists from around the world. Our annual Art Festival is held the fourth weekend in July. A favorite nationwide juried Art Show with over 100 artists displaying their works. Ruidoso Downs Race Track is home to the world's richest Quarter Horse race, the million dollar All American Futurity features the best Quarter Horses in the world and the finest Thoroughbred racing in the southwest. Live races begin in May and run through Labor Day. Come visit the "Playground of the Southwest" one of the best kept secrets in the Southwest.