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Ruidoso Hiking Experience

For a hearty breakfast in a charming, rustic mountain setting you want the Log Cabin Restaurant. Then venture to beautiful Lincoln National Forrest for break-taking hiking and biking experiences. We've included our top picks for awe inspiring destinations within Lincoln National Forrest you won't want to miss.

Wind down with a local brew and burger Rio Grande Grill & Tap Room.

Log Cabin Restaurant


Monday 7 AM–2 PM

Tuesday 7 AM–2 PM

Wednesday Closed

Thursday 7 AM–2 PM

Friday 7 AM–2 PM

Saturday 7 AM–2 PM

Sunday 7 AM–2 PM

Lincoln National Forrest

Mountain Bike the Cedar Creek Trail System

Cedar Creek Trail System is a world-class network of trails open to hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and dirt biking. The seven intertwining trails are commonly referred to as the “spaghetti bowl”. The trails start close to Ruidoso allowing for quick access from town. Looking for a short trip? Try Lower Cedar Creek Trail (1.5 miles). Up for a challenge? Try Upper Cedar Creek (Full loop is 4.5 miles). Or mix and match the trails for an even longer experience.

Backpack the Rim Trail

Hike history near Cloudcroft, NM! The Rim Trail is the first Forest Service trail in New Mexico designated as a National Recreation Trail. It’s a combination of old Native American paths, railroads, homestead trails and logging routes linked together. The trail is shaded much of the way and is punctuated by spectacular views of the Tularosa Basin below. End-to-end the trail is 31 miles long making it popular with backpackers. However, many people hike portions of the trail as a day hike.

Visit Monjeau Lookout

Built in 1940 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Monjeau Lookout is one of the most exceptional fire lookouts in the southwest. Its unique rustic style and amazing views makes Monjeau Lookout a wonderful destination on the Lincoln National Forest. The road to Monjeau Lookout is open in the summer months, but you are welcome to hike up to the tower any time of year.

Rio Grande Grill and Tap Room

Hours Monday 11 AM–8 PM

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday Closed

Thursday 11 AM–9 PM

Friday 11 AM–9 PM

Saturday 11 AM–10 PM

Sunday 11 AM–8 PM

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