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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Point of Interest
“Horses race Friday - Sunday during racing season. Fun for the whole family! Take the tunnel under the race track to view the horses up close.”
  • 15 locals recommend
History Museum
“because it's AWESOME! Honestly one of the best museums you will find here in southern New Mexico. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Casino
“Situated directly next to the Ruidoso Downs racetrack, this little casino only has slots and electronic gaming. Open 10am-12am daily. Also has a restaurant adjacent to it called Billy's Sports Bar and Grill which features nightly specials. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
“Awesome authentic Mexican cuisine. Get ready to wait for a table, but it will be well worth the wait. Service is quick, but pleasant. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Track Stadium
“If you want to see some horse races, this is the place to do it. Horse racing is seasonal.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Corner Shop
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“Interesting enough, Walgreen's has the cheapest prices for milk, and it's good! We always stop here on our way to the Cottage to pick up milk and little essentials. It's a lot quicker to get into/out of than Wal-Mart. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“A beautiful drive that will explain why folks were willing to fight a war for this place.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“LOVE this place and so will you if you love shopping at flea markets and antique shops!!! Two large warehouses of stuff old, new and used! Check them out when seeking that special treasure; definitely worth a visit!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great locally owned hole in the wall. Wonderful breakfast and Mexican food! Budget Friendly!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Big Box Store
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“This is a little further away, so be prepared with your list if you have a to go to WalMart. It takes about 45 minutes roundtrip.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Redeem your wooden nickels here! Craft beer brewed right over in Ruidoso Downs.”
  • 1 local recommends
Meal Takeaway
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  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“All things cowboy; entertainment, a chuckwagon cook-off, western wares with over 100 vendors , plus a mounted shooting competition and equestrian demonstrations. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Locality
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“One of our favorite steakhouses and a locals secret when you’re wanting a good steak at a reasonable price. In my personal opinion, better than Cattle Barron’s in salad bar, steak quality and price. Decor has been updated to showcase the history of Ruidoso Downs Horse Racing and the Village of Ruidoso.”
  • 1 local recommends