Day Trip: Sacramento mountains, Ruidoso invite you to 60th annual Aspenfest

Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers

The Sacramento mountains are waiting for you in the cool pines of Ruidoso during the weekend of Oct. 1-2 for the town’s annual Aspenfest weekend. There will be plenty of events throughout the weekend to keep you busy, and cool at the same time.

Where is it?
Ruidoso is approximately 160 miles from Portales on Highway 70 traveling west. Driving time is approximately two-and-a-half hours one way, so a minimum of five hours should be allowed for travel. Roswell has a truck bypass that circles the city and it is not necessary to leave Highway 70 upon entering Roswell. Nearing Ruidoso, you first enter Ruidoso Downs, where the world famous quarterhorse race track is located. It is here that a car show is scheduled during the weekend. Adjoining this small village is the town of Ruidoso. At the entrance to Ruidoso there is a y-intersection, here it is necessary to stay right which will lead into Sudderth Avenue where the majority of the activities will be found.

What is going on?
Aspenfest celebrates the 60th birthday of Ruidoso. It will consist of a parade that will make its way through the mid-town area of Ruidoso on Saturday scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Also on Saturday is the Ruidoso Gymnastics Arts and Crafts show at Schoolhouse Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $2 for adults and kids under 12 are free.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the New Mexico State Open Chili Cook-off will be held at Rainbow Lake RV Park. Cost is $2 for adults and $1 for kids under 12.

Also on Saturday is the Run to Ruidoso Car Show to be held at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and admission is free.

That night at 8 p.m. the Spencer Theatre for the Performing Arts will have Don Caldwell and his 14-member band performing the Aspenshake Rattle and Roll concert. On Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Arts and Crafts show continues on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact information
For further information, please contact the Ruidoso Visitors Bureau at 258-8822 or 1-888-268-8811 or go to its Web site at