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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


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  22.0  35.5  49.0  1.1 "  7.0 "
 Feb  24.0  38.0  52.0  1.1 "  6.3 "
 Mar  28.0  43.0  58.0  0.8 "  3.5 "
 Apr  33.0  49.5  66.0  0.7 "  1.5 "
 May  40.0  57.0  74.0  1.2 "  0.1 "
 Jun  47.0  64.0  81.0  2.1 "  0.0 "
 Jul  51.0  65.5  80.0  3.6 "  0.0 "
 Aug  51.0  64.5  78.0  4.7 "  0.0 "
 Sep  45.0  60.0  75.0  2.6 "  0.0 "
 Oct  36.0  51.0  66.0  1.6 "  0.9 "
 Nov  27.0  41.5  56.0  0.7 "  1.9 "
 Dec  22.0  35.5  49.0  1.6 "  7.2 "

We have four very distinct seasons. Our Winters bring fluffy snow, the Spring is cool and we also see snow, our Summers temperatures are typically in the 70's & 80's and our Fall is full of color.

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Cost of Living for Lincoln County, NM

Lincoln County, New Mexico cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Assistance in Lincoln County, NM

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