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Autumn is one of Ruidoso, New Mexico’s most enjoyable seasons, with crisp weather, changing colors, and fewer visitors. Located at 6,920 feet in elevation within the Sacramento Mountains of southern New Mexico, the charming mountain town offers a high density of outdoor and historical experiences, brims with wildlife, and is a great vacation option for visitors who want to be close to the natural beauty of the American West.

Midtown Ruidoso

Nestled in Ruidoso’s downtown, Midtown is the village hub for dining, arts, and shopping, where travelers of all tastes and itineraries can find their niche. Stroll through Midtown and enjoy a great selection of restaurants, boutiques, wineries, brewpubs, and cafes. A vibrant Midtown is one more reason Ruidoso is a favorite New Mexico vacation destination.

Choose Your Adventure

Fall in Ruidoso is one of the absolute best times for adventure in the Ruidoso outdoors. From hiking and OHV to mountain biking and paddleboarding, Ruidoso’s high-altitude landscapes will elevate your fall holiday. Bring the whole family to discover Ruidoso’s nature, lakes, forests, and miles and miles of trails.

Where the Wild Things Roam

You will be astounded by the sheer number of wildlife roaming the forests—and streets—of Ruidoso. From the majestic elk to wild horses to the bald eagle, learn more about the fantastic wildlife and some tips on where you can safely spot them on your next trip.

For Adrenaline Junkies

Are you looking for thrills and spills on your Ruidoso adventure? Let loose on one of these action-packed activities, from mountain zip-lines to off-road adventures and the soon-to-open Screaming Eagle Mountain Coaster.

Fall Events Worth Traveling For

Ruidoso greets the season with old and new favorites for the whole family and an abundance of fall events worth traveling for. From the AspenFest parade and festival, a longtime Ruidoso favorite, to the annual All American CowboyFest at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, the Second Annual Indigenous Celebration, and many more, there is something for everyone. Discover what’s happening during your Ruidoso vacation at the DiscoverRuidoso.com events calendar.

New for 2022! Ride Ruidoso Week

Ride Ruidoso Week 2002 is an inaugural motorcycle benefit event that welcomes bikers to Ruidoso with an exciting lineup of many events from September 12–18, 2022. The bike week festival brings events such as the Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally, Rusty Balls Car Show, Bike Show, a tattoo contest, and outdoor concerts, including Los Lonely Boys and Foghat performing live at Wingfield Park on September 16–17, 2022.

AspenFest, Ruidoso’s Favorite Fall Celebration

Celebrate autumn in Ruidoso at AspenFest. The weekend celebration kicks off on Saturday, October 1, 2022, with a 10 AM parade through Midtown, immediately followed on October 1–2 with fun, food, music, and drinks at Wingfield Park. Don’t miss Ruidoso’s favorite fall festival.

Vacationing with Your Pet

There’s no reason to leave your best friend behind. Ruidoso loves pets with just the kind of welcome animal lovers are looking for in a pet-friendly destination with hotels and restaurants that welcome four-legged guests and lots of trails, parks, and tourist attractions. Hiking, camping, even canoeing and paddleboarding—there are plenty of ways to enjoy a Ruidoso vacation with pets

Ruidoso Parks and Recreation Areas

Ruidoso parks, public places, natural areas, and recreational opportunities give life and beauty to our village for residents and visitors. Don’t miss a visit to Ruidoso’s favorite lakes. Bring a picnic, cast for fish, paddle a boat, cycle, horseback ride, or explore on foot via multi-use trails at Grindstone Lake and Alto Lake recreation areas, two of Ruidoso’s favorite places to play.

An Easier Way to Book an Epic Ruidoso Trip 

Now that travel is almost back to normal, it’s time to make up for lost trips. If you’re trying to plan a fall Ruidoso vacation, the new Ruidoso Lodging Directory helps you to search, compare, read reviews, check availability, and book Ruidoso hotels, cabins, vacation rentals, and campsites. Get started today.

Plan Your Ruidoso Fall Getaway

Discover the most amazing experiences for a Ruidoso autumn getaway. Find fall vacation ideas—all the top attractions, best food, cultural happenings, most memorable activities, and popular fall events—at DiscoverRuidoso.com.


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