Looking for a good workout, or just a leisurely stroll? Ski Apache near Ruidoso, New Mexico, has trails for the adventurer and for the beginning hiker or walker. With over five miles of hiking trails to offer, Ski Apache has all your hiking needs, and if you get too tired on the hike up, do not worry, if you hike up the ride down is on us, free of charge. Check out our trails below.
Hiking in Ruidoso, New Mexico, and the surrounding area, you’ll find beauty amongst the Sierra Blanca Mountains, exceptional views, and sizable terrain. As an area known for year-round activities, outdoor enthusiasts will find solace hiking in New Mexico. Ski Apache boasts the best hiking trails in New Mexico among our Lookout, Sierra Blanca, and Crest trails.
Parking at Ski Apache: Free
Be sure to check the local weather forecast before hiking in the mountains as mountain storms may produce flash floods and lighting and always carry water and sunscreen. If you are coming from sea level, check out our recommendations on ensuring that you have a fun time at Ski Apache and do not have a problem with Altitude Sickness.
A quick 10-15 minute trek this hike ends with a 360-degree view of the areas around Ski Apache. Be prepared for the weather and have water for this hike. The Lookout Trail is approximately 0.25 miles long.
Sierra Blanca Trail
An all-day hike from the top to the bottom of Ski Apache or reverse. Fantastic views and a gain in elevation of 1900 feet. Watch out for maintenance vehicles on this trail. Be prepared for the weather and have water for this hike. The Sierra Blanca Trail is approximately 2.5 miles.
An all-day hike from the top to the bottom of Ski Apache or reverse. Fantastic views and a gain in elevation of 1900 feet. Be prepared for the weather and have water for this hike. The Crest Trail is approximately 3 miles long. DO NOT GO INTO THE WHITE MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS AREA IF YOU ARE NOT PROPERLY PREPARED.
Hiking in New Mexico
New Mexico is home to five national forests, each with unique sights and history. The diverse landscape includes deep canyons, high deserts, alpine forests, high elevation peaks and grasslands. Hiking is an activity known to improve both physical and mental health. Get outside and experience hiking in New Mexico right here at Ski Apache. We make it easy to explore New Mexico’s wilderness and immerse in the land’s history.