Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway. This 64-mile-long stretch of historic roadway runs through Ruidoso, Capitan, the Hondo Valley, and Lincoln and passes the Hubbard Museum of the American West (Ruidoso Downs), Hondo Iris Farm, Hurd
La Rinconada Gallery (San Patricio), Lincoln State Monument, Fort Stanton Historical Site, and Smokey Bear Historical Park & Museum (Capitan). The drive can take as little as a few hours or up to a full day, depending on how often you stop at the attractions,
shops, and restaurants along the way.
Three Rivers Petroglyphs – located 22 miles north of Tularosa, NM on Highway 54 and 28 miles south of Carrizozo, NM on Highway 54. More than 21,000 glyphs of fish, animals, humans, insect, geometric, and abstract designs are scattered
over 50 acres of Chihuahua Desert dating back to 900 – 1400 AD. For more information: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/las_cruces/three_rivers.html
Carlsbad Caverns - home of the world famous fifth largest cave in North America and the twenty-eighth largest in the world! Located only 2.5 hours from Ruidoso, you may want to discover the wonders down under.
White Sands National Monument is nestled in the Tularosa Basin at the north end of the Chihuahuan Desert. The worlds largest deposits of gypsum! Call the visitors center about their Summer activities including Full Moon Nights
, Sunset Stroll, Nature Walk, and Lake Lucero Tours. Phone number: 575-479-6124
If UFOs, space history, and space travel appeal to you, visit the Roswell International UFO Museum, located in Roswell, NM only 74 miles east of Ruidoso.
New Mexico Museum of Space History and Spaceport America in Alamogordo, NM – the world’s first commercially-built and purposed spaceport – in Upham.
Nature, wildlife, and bird enthusiasts will want to make time for a road trip to San Antonio, NM to see the more than 340 species of birds and many more species of reptiles, amphibians, and fish that call the
Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge home.
And last but not least, relax and unwind in one of Hot Springs of Truth or Consequences’ 10 spas and bathhouses. (Yes, the town is actually named Truth or Consequences.)
For more information about the day trips listed above, visit