Exploring the Ruidoso Lakes

The lakes in and around Ruidoso offer more than just a pretty view! Here are the activities for each of the area lakes:

Alto Lake: Is located just two miles from Lazy Pines, making it super easy to visit during your stay. There are two hiking trails at the lake. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout, and sometimes catfish and bass. It’s a small lake, so only non-motorized boats are allowed. There are picnic tables to have a nice lunch. Restrooms are located in the parking area. This is also a favorite hang out spot for the local wild horses! Local Tip: Dawn and dusk are the most likely times to spot the horses, either at the lake or across highway 48, behind High Country Lodge.

Mescalero Lake: is located 11 miles from Lazy Pines and is worth the extra drive! They have hiking trails, fishing, and watercraft rentals (kayaking, paddle boats, and more). You can get onsite fishing permits and fishing gear rentals. If that’s not enough, there is also horseback riding, zip lining and bike rentals. This lake is part of the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, and reservation are required for several of the activities. You could spend an entire day hanging out here!

Grindstone Lake: Located 8 miles from Lazy Pines. They also have hiking trails and fishing. You can enjoy summer only activities such as the Wibit Water Park and a general swimming area. The concession stand is open on weekends. Participate in boating, disc golf, watercraft rentals, biking, and horseback riding. Local Tip: Reservation are needed in the summer for parking on the weekends.

Bonito Lake: As of summer of 2022, it is still CLOSED. It is fully drained and has been under construction since the Little Bear fire in 2012. The re-opening date has been pushed back several times. Nothing to see here, folks!

Lazy Pines is a modern cabin, designed for dogs, located near all of the Ruidoso Lakes. We’d love to host you for your visit to Ruidoso. Click here to check availability and pricing.

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