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Retirement Living In Lincoln County - New Mexico

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Area Description

A high-altitude escape into the Village known for both adventure and rejuvenation. Year-round golf, alpine skiing, boutique shopping, the acclaimed Spencer Theater and world-class gaming are just a few attractions found in this quaint mountain village nestled in the pristine Sacramento Mountains.

Our mountain peaks at 12,000 ft in elevation which is the southern most peak in the Rockies. Historic Lincoln, NM is part of our County which was where the Lincoln County wars took place and Billy the Kid achieved notoriety. Capitan, NM is home of Smokey Bear, the living symbol of the Forest Service's wildfire prevention campaign.

With a large abundance of Artists and Art Galleries we have become one of the Art Meccas in New Mexico.

Includes Cities/Towns: Alto, Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   We are surrounded by the Lincoln National Forest which provides great opportunities for the Outdoor Enthusiasts such as hiking, camping and mountain biking.

We are home to Ruidoso Downs Racetrack & Casino where the All American Futurity, the world's richest Quarter Horse race is held. There are two additional casinos on the nearby Mescalero Apache reservation.

In the winter we attract skiers to Ski Apache ski area New Mexico's premier ski and snowboard resort which has 10 lifts & 55 runs.

Cultural Activities

The Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts opened in October of 1997, creating a year-round venue for world-class performances in theater, music and dance. An aristocrat among theaters, the $22-million structure is splendid and elegant, yet intimate and welcoming. At the heart of the Spencer, in its 514-seat hall, you’ll encounter a powerful experience of the performing arts — outstanding acoustics, intimate seating, and artistry of the highest caliber.

The Peter Hurd Art Gallery, La Rinconada is home to the spectacular works of the Hurd Family: Peter, Henriette Wyeth, and their son Michael. The gallery also features selections of works by renowned artists N.C. and Andrew Wyeth.

Each year, during the second full weekend in October, Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico plays host to the nation's finest cowboy festival with old west storytellers, noted historians, poets, musicians (including the world famous Texas Playboys), chuckwagon cooks and competitions, chuckwagon cook-offs, western artists and craftsmen for three days of events, cowboy competitions, horse demonstrations, western swing dancing, kids rodeo and educational activities. In 1996, the symposium was selected as the Best Cowboy Cultural Event by the National Cowboy Symposium Association. In addition, the LCCS has been named one of North America's top 100 events by the American Bus Association.

Public transportation

We also have a transit company that is working on fixed routes. We also have Lyft available.

Medical Facilities

Lincoln County Medical Center offers robust local healthcare services. It is a model county owned medical facility that take great pride in a long tradition of delivering patient care, a wide range of general acute care and specialty services, patient satisfaction, and value to residents and visitors of Lincoln County and the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation. It also offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Lincoln County, New Mexico?

For those of you that retire in Lincoln County, you will have hotter temperatures than other areas of the USA.

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 30's and highs in the low 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 20's. Expect a few days of rain. Assume a few days of snow with a few days of snow remaining on the ground.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Lincoln County such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the upper 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect a few days of rain.

Summertime in Lincoln County is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Summer.

If you retire in Lincoln County, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the upper 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  24  36  49
 Feb  26  39  52
 Mar  29  44  59
 Apr  35  51  67
 May  43  59  75
 Jun  50  66  83
 Jul  54  68  82
 Aug  53  66  79
 Sep  47  61  76
 Oct  38  53  67
 Nov  29  43  57
 Dec  24  36  49

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  26  0
 Feb  0  22  0
 Mar  0  20  0
 Apr  0  12  0
 May  0  2  0
 Jun  3  0  0
 Jul  2  0  0
 Aug  0  0  0
 Sep  0  0  0
 Oct  0  7  0
 Nov  0  20  0
 Dec  0  26  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  1 "  4  17 %
 Feb  1 "  5  18 %
 Mar  1 "  4  19 %
 Apr  1 "  3  22 %
 May  1 "  5  29 %
 Jun  2 "  7  38 %
 Jul  4 "  13  48 %
 Aug  4 "  13  52 %
 Sep  2 "  8  44 %
 Oct  2 "  6  32 %
 Nov  1 "  4  22 %
 Dec  1 "  5  17 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  7 "  3  3
 Feb  6 "  3  3
 Mar  4 "  1  2
 Apr  2 "  0  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  1 "  0  0
 Nov  2 "  1  1
 Dec  7 "  4  3

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Cost of Living for Lincoln County, NM

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