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Best things to do in Ruidoso Downs

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

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
Cafe
“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
Casino
“Home of the Worlds Richest Quarterhorse Race! Go in the summertime open memorial day to labor day annually ”
7 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“A beautiful drive that will explain why folks were willing to fight a war for this place.”
2 locals recommend
Convenience Store
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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
Track Stadium
“If you would like to see some horse racing!! This is seasonal check dates and times. ”
3 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
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
Restaurant
“Great locally owned hole in the wall. Wonderful breakfast and Mexican food! Budget Friendly!”
2 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
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
Locality
5 locals recommend