The Inn of the Mountain Gods is a
luxury resort with casino gaming,
world-class golf course, fine dining and a
host of other activities. The inn is located
on the Mescalero Apache
Reservation.Take U.S. Highway 70 south
of Ruidoso and watch for the turn-off..
Ski Apache offers New Mexico's largest
lift capacity, more than 54 trails and
some of the best warm-weather skiing in
the country. It is located on the north
ridge of spectacular Sierra Blanca Peak,
and is open from Thanksgiving through
Easter. Take U.S. Highway 48 north from
Ruidoso and turn left on Ski Run Road.
Bonito Lake is a beautiful man-made
lake, well stocked during fishing season
and surrounded by hiking trails and
camping areas. Take NM Hwy. 48 north
from Ruidoso. Turn left on NM Hwy. 37,
go 1-1/2 miles to a "Y" in the road and
take the left leg to Bonito Dam and the
Nogal is an early New Mexico mining
town, now home to a growing Art
community. Atop the hill, just north of
town, is one of the most spectacular
views in this part of the state. Take NM
Hwy. 48 north from Ruidoso, then follow
Hwy. 37 to Nogal.
Carrizozo is the seat of Lincoln County.
It was established in 1898 by the El Paso
and Northeastern Railway as a supply
center. West of town, the Valley of Fires
State Park is a 1,000 year old lava flow,
well worth the visit. South of Carrizozo
on NM Hwy. 54 is the Three Rivers
Petroglyph National Recreation Site. To
reach Carrizozo, continue through Nogal
on Hwy 37, then west on Hwy. 380.
White Oaks, in the 1880s and 90s,
became one of the "belles" of the
territory. Driven by gold mining, at its
peak, it boasted 4,000 residents, four
newspapers, two hotels, three churches,
a planing mill, a bank and assorted
saloons and gambling houses. Today
local residents are restoring old
buildings and promoting tourist trade.
Take U.S. Hwy. 25 three miles north of
Carrizozo, then east nine miles on NM
Ancho is home to the My House of Old
Things museum, located in the town's
former railroad depot. Go north on U.S.
Hwy. 25 from Carrizozo and take the
Ancho turnoff east.
Corona, the northern most community
in Lincoln County, is a ranch and rail
town surrounded by great sheep and
Gallery PhotoZozo, Carrizozo