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West Texas Trail Walkers


October 11-13, 2024

Join the West Texas Trail Walkers to hike the rugged Sacramento Mountains of Southern New Mexico near Ruidoso.  Come to see these beautiful mountains in full fall color, and to discover the local history and legends of Lincoln County, New Mexico, known as the “Land of Enchantment”.

Visit to find things to do in the area. Ruidoso and Lincoln County in New Mexico are famous for the legends of Smokey Bear and Billy the Kid.

Sierra Blanca View from Cedar Creek
FRIDAY October 11
Cedar Creek Trails

5k rated 2C;  9k rated 3C

The wooded lower Cedar Creek trail climbs and rolls along contours of a slope. The 9k is challenging and goes up to a ridge with a water tower. Do not use the Downhill Bike Trail #120F.
Trails are dirt with some rocky surfaces. 5k has 150 ft elevation gain while 9k has a 400 ft gain. Hiking boots, wide brim hat and walking sticks recommended.

Top of Perk Ridge view
Saturday October 12
Jerryatrics Trails

8k and 11k rated 3C, 18k rated 4C

The hike features beautiful views of
Sierra Blanco Mountains and Brady Canyon. October is a good time to see fall colors. The 18k hike takes you to a ridge with panoramic views of Ruidoso.
Trails are dirt with some rocky surfaces. This is a rugged, advanced, high-altitude hike. Hiking boots, wide brim hat and walking sticks recommended. The 8k hike has an elevation gain of 475 ft. The 11k is moderate with a gain of 550 ft. The elevation gain on the challenging
18k is 1,100 ft. Pack plenty of water and snacks to give you energy throughout the hike. You will cross some cattle guards.

Mescalero Lake View
Sunday 13 October
Sawmill Trail​head

6k is rated 3C, 10k rated 4C

The 6k passes through a meadow and
forests on a trail that has gradual inclines in long, swooping switchbacks. The 10k walk takes you to a viewpoint of the Inn of the Mountain Gods and Mescalero Lake.
The trail surface is dirt, rocks and roots. There is quite a bit of sun on this hike. The 6k has an elevation gain of 525 ft, while the 10k has a gain of 715 ft. Hiking boots, broad rimmed hats and hiking sticks are recommended. Pack plenty of water and snacks.


Two Rivers Trail in Ruidoso

Thursday - Sunday October 10-13
Four Fun Shorties

Two Rivers Trail: 100 Robin Road, Ruidoso, NM 88345. A 2k paved trail in Two Rivers park that meanders along Rio Ruidoso.
Fitness Trail T90: The trail is west of the Smokey Bear Ranger Station, 9001 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345 along Forest Road 88. The 2k walk is a short and easy loop trail at the edge of Lincoln National Forest.
The Links Trail: White Mountain Sports Complex, 687 Hull Rd. #659, Ruidoso, NM 88345. This 5k trail circles the Links Golf Course. The trail is paved and is fairly level with minor climbs. It is possible to see elk especially early morning.
Alto Lake Trail: 854 NM-48, Alto, NM 88312. A scenic 1k crushed-rock trail circles Alto Lake. An additional 3.2k natural surface trail loops east beyond the dam with two separate bridge crossings which take you to beautiful waterfalls as well as possible wildlife viewings.

Ruidoso Community Center

Located on Sudderth Drive just west of US Hwy 70, The community center is on the south side of the road just before the Ruidoso Fire Department.

Annual Meeting/Banquet
Saturday Oct 12 @ 6:00 PM
Ruidoso Community Center

Dinner will be buffet-style. The cost is $35 for Red Beef Enchiladas, Hatch Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas, Red Cheese Enchiladas, Rice, Beans, Garden Salad, Chips, Salsa, Corn & Flour Tortillas, Queso, Guacamole, Sour Cream, Sopapillas with Honey, Iced Tea and Lemonade. A short  awards ceremony and business meeting will be held after the dinner.

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