Horse Racing & Riding

Horse Racing in Ruidoso NM

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack 1461 Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs

(575) 378.4431,


Racing season lasts from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and during that time period the track holds between nine and 13 races most Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. Ruidoso Downs also hosts a spectacular summer concert series and a number of special events – like the annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium – throughout the year. 


Inside the adjacent Billy the Kid Casino, visitors will find 300 slot machines, virtual video Blackjack, and three unique dining options. Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill serves American pub food in a bustling but casual and relaxed environment. The smaller, more intimate Billy’s Race Book caters to guests who want to watch and wager on local, regional, and national races and provides full access to the main restaurant’s bar and menu. Last but not least, the All American Turf Club offers premiere seating, great views to keep an eye on the races, and a changing menu of either a buffet or a chef’s favorite. 


Horseback Riding Ruidoso NM

Bonito Stables/Runnels Outfitters 107 Forest Road, Ruidoso

(575) 354-2778

Bonito Stables offers trail riding in a pristine forest setting to riders of all ages. They do not take reservations, so call ahead for availability.


Grindstone Stables 523 Resort Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 257-2241, (575) 973-3533,

Grindstone Stables caters to families and beginners, advertising excellent matching of riders to specific horses. Children five and older are permitted to ride alone, and children under five are welcome to ride with an adult for free. In addition to hour-long trail rides, Grindstone offers carriage rides throughout Midtown Ruidoso and horse-drawn sleigh rides through historic Upper Canyon from late November through early January. Note: do not trust your GPS! Contact Grindstone for directions.


Inn of the Mountain Gods Stables(1 mile west of the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort) 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Ruidoso (575) 464-7424,

Inn of the Mountain Gods offers hour-long trail rides for adults and children eight and older at 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm daily. Reservations are recommended for all and required for guests who would like to ride longer than an hour.


Lincoln National Forest 320 Heath Drive, Ruidoso

(575) 434-7200

Last but not least, for adults and older children in search of more than just a short trail ride, longer half-day, full-day, and even overnight camping tours can be arranged in nearby Lincoln National Forest. Sitting atop the back of a horse is a perfect way to experience the Lincoln National Forest’s four mountain ranges, elevations ranging between 4,000 and 11,500 feet, and five different life zones.


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