Art Galleries in Ruidoso, NM

Widely considered the premiere art destination in South Central New Mexico, Ruidoso’s many galleries and shops feature brilliant and unique creations by local, regional, and national artists. The Adobe showcases original paintings, limited edition bronzes, handmade jewelry, and work by some of the finest silversmiths and goldsmiths in the country in its 10,000 square feet of gallery space. The Kenneth Wyatt Galleries highlight the cowboy-, Western-, and Southwestern-themed paintings, prints, books, sculptures, and jewelry created by three generations of Wyatt family artists. Pinon Pottery offers horsehair pottery, functional stoneware, and decorative roku turned by Vicki Conley and several other talented potters. Since 1972, the Tanner family has worked directly with the area’s Native American artists people to bring their beautifully crafted and storied works to their Tanner Traditions shop. “Master of Realism” Dave McGary showcases amazingly realistic bronze sculptures of Native Americans in his Expressions in Bronze Gallery. And the Hurd La Rinconada Gallery carries on the tradition and highlights the work of the well-known Hurd and Wyeth family artists.


The Adobe Fine Art - 2905 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

 (575) 257-5795,


Art Ruidoso Gallery - 2809 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 808-1133,


DJs Jewelry - 618 Carrizo Canyon Road, Ruidoso

(575) 630-1514


Earth-N-Stone Studio Gallery - 2117 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-2786


Expressions in Bronze Gallery/Dave McGary Studios - 2002 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-100,


Gallery 408 - 408 12th Street, Carrizozo

(575) 648-2598,


Heart of the Raven Gallery - 415 12th Street, Carrizozo

(575) 937-7459


Hondo Iris Farm & Gallery - Hwy 70 at Mile Marker 284, Hondo

(575) 653-4062,


Hurd La Rinconada Gallery - 105 La Rinconada Lane, San Patricio

(575) 653-4331,


John T. Soden Gallery - 1086 State Hwy 48, Alto

(575) 336-2155


Josie's Framery - 2917 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-4156


Kenneth Wyatt Galleries - 2205 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-1529,


Longcoat Fine Art - 2825 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-9102,


McGary Studios - 2002 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-1000,


McMillan's Fine Hand Crafted Furniture - 1700 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 336-2485,


Mountain Arts Gallery - 2530 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-9748,


Picture This Gallery - 2621 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 630-0003


Pinon Pottery - 26465 Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs

(575) 378-4270,


Tanner Traditions - 624 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-8675,


Thunder Horse Gallery - 200 Mechem Drive Suite 1, Ruidoso

(575) 257-3989,


The Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography - 401 12th Street, Carrizozo

(575) 937-1489,



Museums and Historical Sites in Ruidoso, NM


Old Dowlin Mill – 641 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-1090,

Built in 1868, Old Dowlin Mill is Ruidoso’s oldest building. Throughout the last 150 years the mill has served as a grist mill, saw mill, bean thrasher, blacksmith shop, and general store. Its iconic, giant water wheel remains one of the only operable water wheels in the Southwest, still turning the massive stones used to grind wheat. Though the mill fell into disrepair in the early twentieth century, it was rescued and reopened by new owners in 1950. Sadly, the mill’s adobe and rock walls, wood floors, and tin roof are once again in need of repair, but that doesn’t stop the mill from serving as a venue for local musical performances and art displays during the spring and summer months. 


Fort Stanton Museum  -104 Kit Carson Road, Fort Stanton

(575) 354-0341,

If walls could talk…those in the Fort Stanton Museum would have a lot to say. Initially a soldiers’ barracks, it also functioned as a US Military fort to protect settlements along the Rio Bonito and was home to Billy the Kid and the Buffalo Soldiers. Eventually the building also served as a Tuberculosis sanatorium and a WWII detention center for enemy aliens. Offering guests a journey through the history of Fort Stanton, the Museum and Historic Site are worth a stop when visiting Lincoln County. 


Mescalero Apache Cultural Center - 181 Chiricahua Plaza, Mescalero

(575) 464-4494

The Mescalero Apache Cultural Center, located on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation, helps visitors understand the history, people, and customs of the Mescalero, Chiricahua, Mimbreno, and Lipan Apache tribes. Clothing, basketry, artifacts, and photos are on display. 


Carrizozo Heritage Museum - 103 12th St, Carrizozo

(575) 648-1105 2102

Once a frozen food locker, the Carrizozo Heritage Museum now offers a glimpse of what life in the area used to look like. Exhibits include a typical one-room school, a 1930s ranch house kitchen, and Milady’s Millinery Shoppe. Also on display are artifacts associated with Carrizozo’s days as a ranching and railroad community, Western saddles and tack, and an old fire engine and covered wagon.


Hubbard Museum of the American West - 26301 Hwy 70 West, Ruidoso Downs

(575) 378-4142,

The mission of the Hubbard Museum of the American West is to address the “political, social, business, cultural, and environmental history of the American West” as well as to acknowledge the “local and 

regional arts, history, and culture”. The museum accomplishes its mission by allowing visitors to walk through time as it relates to three different cultures: Native American, Pioneer, and Hispanic. 

This affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute and tremendously popular cultural attraction hosts four exhibit galleries – including a permanent collection of carriages, wagons, saddles, pottery, jewelry, and other artifacts – as well as a children’s area, technology and learning center, and museum store. If you visit, don’t miss the “Free Spirits at Noisy Water” sculptures in the garden front of the museum.


Lincoln Historic Site - Lincoln, New Mexico

The most visited state monument in New Mexico can be found frozen in the 1870s and 1880s. The Old Lincoln County Courthouse houses exhibits that trace the building’s history through the days of the Lincoln County War as well as its eventual use as a store, residence, Masonic lodge, courthouse, and jail. Perhaps the most authentic “museum” exhibit can be found inside the Tunstall Store, where actual 19th century merchandise is displayed on original shelving and in original cases. When visiting Lincoln, include a walk through the Dr. Woods House, the village’s defensive tower, Montano Store, and the San Juan Mission Church, where Episcopal and Catholic masses are held on holidays.


Ruidoso River Museum - 101 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-0296,

The Ruidoso River Museum brings together a conglomeration of fascinating artifacts and houses them all under one roof. Though the focus of the museum is on the people of Lincoln County, including Billy the Kid and lawman Pat Garrett, during the 1870s and 1880s (the years leading up to, during, and immediately after the Lincoln County War), the museum offers so much more to engage, entertain, and even amuse its guests. Artifacts include Native American ceremonial headgear, gold crystals and nuggets, Elvis Presley’s famous Grouse performance belt and gold record of “Blue Suede Shoes”, Liberace’s jeweled jacket, sunken treasures from the Titanic, and Mother Theresa’s rosary.


Smokey Bear Museum - 102 Smokey Bear Boulevard, Capitan

(575) 354-2298,

Smokey the Bear was a real bear cub who, after a devastating fire in the Capitan Mountains, was found clinging to a tree with burned paws. He eventually became the representative for the national campaign to prevent forest fires. Located in a one-room log cabin at the Smokey Bear Historical Park, the Smokey Bear Museum honors Capitan’s favorite “son” and features a collection of display-only items bearing Smokey’s image. The museum also sells t-shirts and stuffed bears.


White Oaks - White Oaks, New Mexico

White Oaks began as a Wild West cattle community and was once home to the first governor of New Mexico, William C. McDonald, and Deputy Bell, the man killed by Billy the Kid during his famous escape from the Lincoln County Courthouse. Because of a strong Eastern influence on the area once gold was discovered, many of the buildings in White Oaks don’t look traditionally New Mexican. When the community’s forefathers attempted to sell the right of way to the ever-expanding railroad and were turned down, the combination of no railroad and no more gold led to the town’s demise.

Though now something of a ghost town, White Oaks is still worth visiting to explore the historic buildings, wander the Cedarvale Cemetery, and experience the famous No Scum Allowed Saloon, named one of the “Best Cowboy Bars in the West” by Cowboy Magazine.