The mountains of Ruidoso surprised me in more than one way: first, the mountains themselves. I had always pictured New Mexico as a dry desert climate and was thrilled to discover there are many mountain ranges and volcanoes just waiting to be explored all across the state, especially in the south. Second, the wildlife. Between eagles and endless deer, gorgeous butterflies and even a bee who stung me on a trail run… I loved feeling like I was truly “out there” in Ruidoso. Third, the ski shops scattered around town. Ski Apache, atop Sierra Blanca Peak, is the lowest ski resort in the US and located nearby. Lastly, White Sands National Monument… need I say more? Ruidoso was such a photogenic experience. I can’t wait to come back and shoot in the snow!
For my full recap on how I spent my time in Ruidoso, click here.
Exploring New Trails
Ruidoso has an elaborate trail system: best explored by horseback, mountain bike, or simply on foot. Make sure to drive up to Monjeau Lookout for stunning views of mountains in all directions!
Wildflowers + Butterflies
I couldn’t believe how many flowers and butterflies I saw in New Mexico. I shot these beauties at Grindstone Lake.
I instantly fell in love with the many gorgeous cabins all over Ruidoso. We stayed in Story Book Cabins and would highly recommend.
White Sands National Monument
The highlight of the trip, White Sands exceeded all expectations. If you haven’t checked out this place yet, put it to the top of your list (I recommend visiting around golden hour to escape the midday heat).
Special thanks to Discover Ruidoso for this unbelievable experience. I can’t wait to come back and snowboard in the winter!