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Best trails in Ruidoso

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Looking for a great trail near Ruidoso, New Mexico? AllTrails has 21 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. You'll also find some great local park options, like Zenith Park or Valley of Fires. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Ruidoso ranging from 1 to 12.4 miles and from 6,719 to 11,541 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Ruidoso
Top trails (21)
#1 - Grindstone Lake Loop
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
Well maintained trail system located in Lincoln National Forest, less than five minutes outside of Ruidoso, NM The trail head is located in the upper parking lot to Grindstone Lake, and is very easy to find. The trail system generally loops around Grindstone Lake, and includes many miles of new trails that opened in late summer 2013. The seven mile loop begins at the parking lot trail head and follows a smooth, well maintained, single track trail around the lake. There are two excellent down hill sections, several fun switchbacks, and a very few difficult climbsShow more
#2 - Perk Ridge Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
#3 - Cedar Creek Loop
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
There are many trails in this area if you'd like to extend or shorten your hike.Show more
#4 - Eagle Creek Trail and Alto Reservoir Loop
Ruidoso, New Mexico
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h
#5 - North Cedar Creek Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
#6 - Grindstone Lake to Winchester Road
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 55 m
#7 - Crest Trail to Ski Apache
White Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
#8 - Grindstone Mesa Loop
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
#9 - Lookout Mountain via Crest and Scenic Trails
White Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
#10 - Monjeau Lookout via Crest Trail
White Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 6 h 55 m
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