Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Ruidoso with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Very easy walk through the woods within city of Ruidoso. Several on trail out for a midday stroll.

Nice Sunday afternoon walk thru the woods. Lots of families fishing at the pond.

Good hike with views of lake for two of us in mid 70s.

Definitely easy trail but if you’re not prepared, you’ll be wiped out at the end. This is one of the most beautiful trails me and my family has EVER accomplished. Hundreds of breathtaking views! Takes a few hours if you’re in it for the scenery... have fun!

My wife and I enjoyed this relatively easy hike. We are in mid 70s and it was just right for us.

It's amazing that minutes from the village you can hop on this nice trail and be in the national Forest. It's a well marked trail with just the right amount of challenge for a family or "older" person.

I wouldn’t classify this trail as easy - the altitude and change in elevation was pretty strenuous. But it was challenging and fun and gorgeous. A dip in the chilly lake on a hot July day was the perfect reward and the end of the run.

A bit dry, needs rain in area, but still a wonderful morning hike. Lots of birds, a few lizards, and 3 deer spotted. Do watch for horse poop on trail.

Did this as a hike to get acclimated to elevation. Good trail, easy to navigate. Uphill the first two miles, with lots of long easy to run switchbacks in the middle. Last mile or so back down was quite rocky. Went out about 10:30am, not a lot of tree cover so bring your hat.

My family loved this hike. We saw 16 deers in the area. If you like geocaching this is also a good spot. Very easy hike and a lot of photo opportunities. Bring your fishing gear and you can fish after your hike.

Good family hike. Just went a mile out and back due to time restraints. Have to share the trail with mountain bikers.

16 days ago

We started this hike late in the afternoon with our 8 yr old and 4 pups. It was a moderate hike with some areas being a bit steep. Overall a great hike with some really nice views. Very few people on the trail which made this really nice and enjoyable. I would recommend using the map in the app because there are some areas where the trail splits. It took us a couple of hours but we took our time to enjoy everything.

Great trail with very little elevation gain. Still in town but gives the feel of being deep in the forest. Easy to find trailhead. Nice walk

Very easy and fun

My sister and I hiked this trail and we thoroughly enjoyed it! We are both in our 50’s and decided it was just the perfect amount of exertion for us. I would put it in the easy to moderate category. There are a few hills to climb and a beautiful, small waterfalls that requires a bit of climbing (up and down). We saw a stork on top of a ponderosa as well as a mule deer that galloped down the mountain and jumped over the creek that we traversed. We had brought sandwiches and ate them at the picnic tables on top of the dam. There are restrooms at the trailhead also. I plan to hike here again-hopefully with my 5 and 7 year old grandchildren.

Well marked easy trail with some nice views of the lake.

It was a bit more challenging than I thought it would be. I probably wouldn’t take children on this hike because it was rocky in lots of places and there were many places to slip. I would rate this as more moderate.

22 days ago

Always a favorite of mine! Beautiful views of the turquoise lake! Nice hike for day 1 when I'm aclimating to the altitude difference.

Did this for Father's Day with my family of four; ages 3yrs (used a backpack to carry most of the hike) 5yrs, 29yrs and 32yrs. Really enjoyed the hike and hope to do more around this area

trail running
27 days ago

Nice trail. Mostly good footing, very well marked and has some nice views of the lake and Sierra Blanca. It’s a good run and fun! I would not call this an “easy” run, but it’s definitely enjoyable. More like moderate.

1 month ago

We hiked this trail in June with temps in low 80s. It is indeed a mostly moderate trail but there are some very steep climbs and some of the terrain going down is steep and very rocky and slippery that are a bit challenging. Take a hiking stick for stability. We would not recommend taking your dog without some little dog booties due to the parts of rocky terrain. most of the hike is shaded and beautiful. We saw an elk and wild turkey. when you reach the top of the mountain, make sure you take the correct turn to go back. glad we had this app to help us ensure we were on the correct trail as we did make a wrong turn and had to double back. overall worth the hike.

Nice, kid friendly, easy walk.

1 month ago

this trail is fun. a lot of small rivers.the top is a little steep but i think its kid friendly. awesome view from the top!dont take your husband with you three kids is too many.

kid friendly. i always see huge birds fishing here /Users/reneehamill/Desktop/all trail2.jpg

Easy to moderate, depending on the weather. Impossible to miss. Not very frequented. Took me (woman, 210lbs) 2:45 hours including two ten minutes breaks.

Lovely trail. Washrooms available at the start. Picnic tables at several points around the trail!

The trail is a good stretch of the legs. Not too much for wildlife but did see a few deer, osprey and a lizard. The trail is lined with piles of down timber, hundreds if not thousands of piles.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Went there on 4/28 loved it some hiking with the bike then the fun starts. You can get some speed good paths you really can’t go off course. It’s more fun than work will do again.

Not sure if I’d rate this easy. More moderate but great hike.

Good easy to moderate hike, little long, kinda the same ol same ol, enjoyed it

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