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Lincoln National Forest

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Ruidoso, NM
+1 575-434-7200
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Overlook and Ski Apache

We have driven up to Ski Apache several times. The mountain air and views are wonderful. The road... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New Braunfels, Texas
Awesome views and scenery

Beautiful landscapes, wildlife abounds, the trees in fall are so pretty. A must see for everyone... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cat Spring, Texas
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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Ruidoso, NM
+1 575-434-7200
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have driven up to Ski Apache several times. The mountain air and views are wonderful. The road is terrible, dangerous, poorly maintained. There has been some 2016 improvement. More is needed. The overlook is about 8,500 feet, fabulous views to north and east, including...More

Thank hbdanvers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful landscapes, wildlife abounds, the trees in fall are so pretty. A must see for everyone. Highly recommend a visit to this area.

Thank jshstick
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove from Ruidoso to Cloudcroft on Hwy 244 through Lincoln National Forest. Beautiful country with lots of wildlife. Worth the drive of about 40 minutes. Cloudcraft is one on those towns that you will always remember. Very unique!

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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

We took the Scenic Route thru Lincoln National Forrest to CloudCroft for a day trip. The beauty and breath taking This a Must Do! You will love this Forrest Spectacular!

Thank Mallen1234
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We back right up against the Lincoln National Forest. Abundant trees. Lots of oak, pinyon pine, alligator juniper, douglas fir, and ponderosa pine. Wildlife is abundant because of that. Lots of humming birds, especially black chins, broad tails, rufous, and some magnificents. Ravens. Lots of...More

2  Thank HornDozer
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

I love the forest here. Wish I could just mo e here and stay. Many places to hike and enjoy being outside.

Thank Brad D
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Did the Little Benito and Argentina Trails. Awesome views and well marked trails. Everyone was very friendly and helpful.

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 28 August 2017

We enjoyed our trip through this area. There were many beautiful views. I would definitely recommend.

Thank dhns2014
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

If in the Ruidoso area take a morning to enjoy a road trip to CloudCroft via NM 244. It is a very good road that crosses a pas at about 8990 feet. Roll down the windows and enjoy the sweet smell of mountain pine.

Thank Howard Bud D
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We drove through Lincoln Nat'l Forest in our truck (we're not hikers) but we were scouting out "boondocking" sites to camp out in our little Casita travel trailer. We saw lots of beautiful, level campsites with fire rings, tall shade trees, beside a running stream....More

Thank imslow
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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.
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.
Yara D
4 July 2017|
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Response from don4bsgypsy | Reviewed this property |
If you like to gamble, there is a large casino. The scenery in and around Ruidoso is spectacular. The small town of Cloudcroft is 30 miles away and should not be missed. There is great craft beer at one of the bar 'n... More