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  • Casino of the Mountain Gods

    The casino had many slots, blackjack tables and other card games. I tried my hand at the wheel of Fortune slot. There was not much Fortune in this slot for me. I ended up losing $60-$80. The casino hotel is pretty nice, there is a lake out front where you can sit and read. There are trees all around.

  • Ski Apache

    Ski Apache was a great place to ski. We went spring break '04 and there was a great mix of family and the college crowd. Nice getaway from the usual Padre, Mexico spring break trips. And not crowded like Breckenridge, Vail, Aspen and others are at these times. A great place for Colorado style skiing in New Mexico. Lift tickets were reasonably...

  • Billy the Kid's Last Escape!

    Old Lincolntown is a few miles north of Ruidoso. The town has re-enactments of Billy the Kid's last escape. You can walk through 19th century New Mexican houses and buildings. There is a story of Billy hiding out in the floorboards of a house to avoid capture.Billy the Kid was a key figure in the Lincoln County Wars. He became a legend as a...


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Ruidoso Restaurants

  • Second Best Seafood Restaurant

    Shrimpy's is a surfing/beach themed Shrimp and Wing Shack located in Times Square in Midtown Ruidoso. It was voted the second best seafood in the county. They were showing "Endless Summer" on TVs when I visited. Hours are 10 AM to 6 PM Thursday through Monday. Keep in mind they cook in Peanut Oil. Try the Steamed Shrimp with Cajun Rice.

  • Great Italian

    Excellent Italian food at Michelena's, featuring gourmet pizza, homemade Italian dishes & thirteen inch hot or cold sandwiches. Fine wine & imported beer. Great Pizzas!

  • Homestyle Cooking In NM

    A little place along the road into Ruidoso with bits of history (Route 66, 50's sock hops, gas station signs, etc.) hung all over the walls and great food. The chili-dog was HUGE! I had a chicken-fried steak a couple of days later, and it was really great! It was the first time I've ever had a chick-fried steak for breakfast (kinda weird!) and the...

  • There are a few, Casa Blanca...

    There are a few, Casa Blanca for mexican, Bonney's for that Santa Fa feel, River's Edge Eatery for fantastic wraps and for a good steak I hear Cattle Baron is great.Prices for River's Edge Eatery $5-$8,Casa Blanca and Bonney's $8-$17, Cattle Baron higher (not quite sure never been there yet). Too many to memtion!

  • Pub 48

    Great beer from the Sierra Blanca Brewing Company, a microbrewery in Carizzo, New Mexico! New York Style Pizza

  • Pub 48

    During the day, this place offers great family fun. Included for kids is a game room with not only arcade games, but also home system consoles so kids can sit and play as if they were home. For the grown-up kids, a foosball and pool table are also there to goof around with. And if its beer you're after, this place offers eight microbrews to sample,...


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  • Didn't serve us

    Went in to get a cold beer on a warm day. A waitress never came by. Went to the bar to order a drink. The bartender turned away to answer the phone - although it wasn't ringing. We looked around the bar and it was filled with Anglos. Considering most of the tourists appeared to be from New Mexico - it was amazing that they blatently avoided serving...

  • Quarters

    Later, we headed back into town and one of the locals said Quarters was the place to go. When we headed there it was still pretty early. We drank and played a bit of foosball. I talked with an administrator of a correctional facility in New Mexico. It turns out several people came to unwind from this facility after work. It was funny I told them I...

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  • Casino Apache, an indian...

    by chris7ba Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Casino Apache, an indian casino run by the local Mescalero Apache tribe, is another attempt to ruin the flavor of a small, quiet community. The good thing about Casino Apache is that it is not located centrally in Ruidoso. You have to go out of your way to find it.

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  • Ruidoso Packing List (Autumn)

    by texanboy14 Written Nov 12, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: •Long sleeved shirts
    •Closed shoes
    •A light sweater/pullover
    •A heavy coat/jacket
    •A pair of shorts and a tee-shirt (just in case)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: •First-Aid Kit

    Photo Equipment: •Digital, Regular, or Disposable Camera (preferably flash)
    •Video Camera

    Miscellaneous: •Enough money for souveniers!

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    This is the view of our...

    by jjmarie Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Favorite thing: This is the view of our mountain taken from the valley west of Ruidoso. Ski in the winter or see a horserace or concert in the summer. Visit midtown and stroll through looking at the quaint little gift shops. Have a cup of coffee, chunk of fudge or slice of pizza while there. Enjoy the trails in the national forest, I do!

    Fondest memory: When I'm away I miss the small town feel and quiet that other places have lost.

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