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Ruidoso, New Mexico

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Welcome to Ruidoso ...

The village of Ruidoso is located in southeast New Mexico.

Ruidoso is located in Lincoln County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Ruidoso has a population of 7,951 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Ruidoso.

The community of Ruidoso is 6,800 feet [2,073 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Ruidoso is about 1¼ mile [or ~2 km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Ruidoso lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Ruidoso: (575)

The ZIP code for Ruidoso: 88345<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Ruidoso had an population of 7,951 people. This is a decrease of 0.97% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 3.29% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Ruidoso had a population of 8,029 people (or 39.17% of the total population of Lincoln County). This makes Ruidoso the county's most populous community.

The population of Ruidoso represents 0.39% of the population of New Mexico (which has 2,059,179 people), making it the state's 26th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 8,029 people, the population of Ruidoso increased 4.3% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 7,698 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Ruidoso.

Communities near Ruidoso ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Ruidoso.

  • Capitan [Lincoln County]
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    • Capitan [Lincoln County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the north of Ruidoso
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,457 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Capitan have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Capitan
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Capitan<7>
  • Ruidoso Downs [Lincoln County]
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    • Ruidoso Downs [Lincoln County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the southeast of Ruidoso
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,631 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ruidoso Downs have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ruidoso Downs
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ruidoso Downs<7>
  • Bonito [Lincoln County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonito
    • Bonito [Lincoln County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Ruidoso
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bonito
  • Carrizo [Otero County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carrizo
    • Carrizo [Otero County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Ruidoso
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carrizo
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Fort Stanton [Lincoln County] - Historic
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      • Fort Stanton [Lincoln County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the northeast of Ruidoso
    • Glencoe [Lincoln County]
    • Nogal [Lincoln County]
    • Mescalero [Otero County]
    • Bent [Otero County]
    • Lincoln [Lincoln County]
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      • Lincoln [Lincoln County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the northeast of Ruidoso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincoln

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Ruidoso. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Ruidoso.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Ruidoso. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Ruidoso.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Ruidoso. See our Newspapers Page for Ruidoso.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Ruidoso ...

Looking for more information about Ruidoso? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Ruidoso, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Ruidoso.

Adding Ruidoso to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Ruidoso in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Ruidoso was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Ruidoso on a map titled Rand McNally Map of New Mexico (1925).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Ruidoso on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About New Mexico

Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New Mexico's counties, including Lincoln, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Ruidoso.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Ruidoso - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a village (such as Ruidoso). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Ruidoso or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ruidoso) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ruidoso. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from RuidosoOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ruidoso. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3679, Longitude: -105.6617    
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






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