Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium Chuckwagon Cookoff

Authenticity plays a key role in the judging Put on your cowboy hat and working pair of boots to celebrate the Old West’s restaurant on the range — the chuckwagon. Betcha there will be no microwave ovens in the infield of the Ruidoso Downs Race Track on New Mexico Highway 70 where 40 cowboy cookin’ teams will compete over open fires for a large purse for their beef, beans, potatoes, biscuit and dessert creations. Judges points are swayed by authenticity. […] Read more »

Ruidoso’s Ski Run Road — scenic switchbacks

Ski Run Road. Photo by Frederick Mora Snow Country magazine called Ruidoso, New Mexico’s Ski Run Road “a 15-mile corkscrew with precious few guardrails.” Well, it’s actually only a little more than 12 miles up to Ski Apache (sometimes it just feels like more) and hey - there are more guardrails than there used to be. “In the early 70s there were none,” Ski Apache General Manager Roy Parker said. The potholes are gone, thanks to a $1 million resurfacing […] Read more »

ATree for my Future Ruidoso, New Mexico home

Land near the author’s Ruidoso property Photo by Greg Holt The little ponderosa pine was still standing straight even after half an hour of continuous digging around the roots. Sweat ran down my neck and dripped into my eyes. The shovel bounced and skidded on the circular trench I’d excavated around the tree and I noticed that I had begun to grunt comically with each stab of the blade into the compacted brown dirt and rock. I wasn’t used to […] Read more »

Ruidoso — a unique mountain community

Ruidoso, New Mexico Photo courtesy Ruidoso Convention and Visitors Bureau Ruidoso is a place without pretentions and a unique village. A mountain town at 7,000 feet, it is located on U.S. Highway 70. The population numbers about 8,000, more on weekends in the winter when skiers come to town, and up to twenty-five or thirty thousand on summer weekends during horse racing season. Sierra Blanca, 12,003 feet (originally known as Baldy), towers above the surrounding country and is home to […] Read more »

The Old Dowlin Mill

The Old Dowlin Mill in Ruidoso, New Mexico Photo by Frederic Moras   The sound of water cascading over the immense wooden wheel is sometimes barely audible over the traffic on Ruidoso’s main street. But the wheel turns as steadily as it did more than a century ago. Inside the adobe walls of the old Dowlin Mill , two flint millstones slowly grind a handful of dried yellow corn into fine meal. The mill, Ruidoso’s oldest building, was built by […] Read more »