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Ruidoso, N.M., recently made headlines during the Little Bear Fire. The fire took its toll on areas mainly north of Ruidoso including Alto, Bonito, Angus and Nogal. Ruidoso lost nearly 40,000 acres of wilderness, though much of the area’s hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails remain unscathed.
The city itself was spared from the fire, meaning that attractions, lodging, dining, retailers, galleries and golf courses are open. Highlights of Ruidoso, including the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack & Casino, the Spencer Theater, Flying J Ranch, Hubbard Museum and the Inn of the Mountain Gods, were all untouched by the Little Bear Fire.
Prospective visitors can preview the area themselves at Ruidoso.net/Open.