Ruidoso is even more limited than the Cloudcroft area. There is alot more private land around Ruidoso and the indian reservation make choices limited. A couple of drives in the area that are pretty good are Bonita Lake to Nogal Peak and Capitan Mountains. If you have a forest service map of the area, you will see a FS road that turns right after passing Bonita Lake. This road winds through the forest and takes you close to Nogal Peak and rises to a pretty high elevation. You could hike to Nogal peak from the top of the road, turn around or continue and decend back to a highway that will get you back to Ruidoso. The Capitan Mountains are north and east of Ruidoso. There is a Jeep trail that will take you to a radio tower that is a little over 10,000 feet. There is a nice aspen grove on the way up that is a good place to stop. This is an up and down trail. You can also drive up to the ski area on Sierra Blanca for a nice view.
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