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Lincoln National Forest

Ruidoso, NM
+1 575-434-7200
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We hiked around the Grist Stone Mill Lake and on the Cedar hiking trail....both nice short hikes... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kitty N
Very Scenic With Lots Of Trails

A fair selection of trail types; wooded, steep, open. You can find just about anything you want and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dave N
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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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This vast 1.1 million-acre forest region is comprised of separate recreational sections including Ruidoso Valley, Cloudcroft and Carlsbad, which are all located throughout the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“ranger station” (10 reviews)
“cedar creek” (7 reviews)
“great hiking” (12 reviews)
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Ruidoso, NM
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"ranger station"
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"cedar creek"
in 7 reviews
"great hiking"
in 12 reviews
"smokey bear"
in 6 reviews
"fresh air"
in 8 reviews
"get away"
in 10 reviews
"gorgeous scenery"
in 5 reviews
"beautiful drive"
in 9 reviews
"mule deer"
in 4 reviews
"enjoy nature"
in 4 reviews
"great place to hike"
in 3 reviews
"bring water"
in 3 reviews
"outdoor activities"
in 3 reviews
"new mexico"
in 15 reviews
"sierra blanca"
in 8 reviews
"hiking trails"
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"tall pines"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked around the Grist Stone Mill Lake and on the Cedar hiking trail....both nice short hikes. Looking forward to another trip down here.

1  Thank Kitty N
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fair selection of trail types; wooded, steep, open. You can find just about anything you want and the weather will be friendly in most seasons, at least somewhere in the boundaries. Interesting towns nearby, plenty of camping too.

Thank Dave N
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

I always enjoyed the forrest area and creeks running down from mountain and frsh smile of pine trees

Thank davidgarcia2018
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Reviewed 3 February 2018

Wonderful hike in the Lincoln National Forest. Walking a long The trail and came across the deers eating in the woods. Nice clear skies, no snow on the ground with fresh clean air.

2  Thank cathymill3865
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Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

Loved it here. Beautiful pines and great scenery. We saw a ton of wild horses and took some amazing photos. Would def go back!!

Thank mommy12107
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Reviewed 17 January 2018

Beauty, nature, mountains...what more could you want? We enjoy Lincoln National Forest every time we are in Ruidoso.

Thank BPrice0914
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

One of our favorite places to stay. So much to do such as hiking, site seeing, nature and wildlife. It's a peaceful, beautiful to camp or just enjoy for the day. Beautiful tall pines and the wonderful smell of pinon.

1  Thank dblagrave
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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

We did some of the cedar creek trails which are beautiful and easy. We were able to bring our dog along but note that the cedar creek fitness trail dogs are not allowed.

Thank tangojohnDallas
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

So many hikes...depending on what you are seeking. Big Bonito, Little Bonita and Argentina trails are some favorites: beautiful soaring pines overhead, some water crossings, wildflowers in the spring, easy to moderate out and backs. Driving to the trailhead takes some time and includes some...More

1  Thank Julie D
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

My husband and I camped in bluff springs. It was so beautiful and peaceful. We went on walks with our dogs and had no service. Great way to get away from electronics and explore nature.

1  Thank micahwright22
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Edgar G
2 December 2017|
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Response from hbdanvers | Reviewed this property |
We were in Cloudcroft October 31, 2017. We had lunch at The Lodge. About 2:00 p.m. we went down to Ruidoso via the Mescalera reservation to U. s. Hwy 70. We were in Ruidoso about a week. We stayed in the private... More
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mommy12107
18 October 2017|
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Response from Cinthya G | Reviewed this property |
It is in the Lincoln National Forest but, Ski Apache is a Mescalero-Apache owned resort. If Ruidoso has a good winter with snow, the mountain offers skiing. I'm sure they offer kiddy slopes.
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Misti M
2 August 2017|
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Response from Diana A | Reviewed this property |
My friend took us to Grindstone Lake and it was very pretty. A nice hike around the lake. The hike did not seem far but we did walk a while and got a good work out. Take the children I am sure they would like it.
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