A scenic. crushed rock trail circles the Alto Lake (approximately 0.5 miles) with picnic tables and benches situated along the shoreline. Picnic tables and shelters are first
come first serve. An additional 2 mile natural surface trail loops East beyond the Dam with benches and two separate bridge crossings which take you to beautiful waterfalls
as well as possible wildlife sightings.

Non-motorized bikes and dogs on leashes are permitted. Below the lake, Eagle Creek trail offers an additional 1.5 miles of hiking. Parking and restrooms are available.

Cell phones should work on the trail. Dogs on leashes are allowed.

The lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout, and on occasion catfish and smallmouth bass. Anglers love this lake due to the fact that it is one of two public waters in the area in which you can put a non-motorized boat. Due to it being one of few lakes in the region, the shoreline can get fished pretty heavily especially around holiday weekends. Non-motorized boating is allowed year-round. A permit is required and is available for purchase online.


The park is open seven days a week from 5 AM to 11 PM. Overnight parking is prohibited without a permit.

General Rules:
No swimming is allowed.
No fees for parking, entrance, or picnicking.
Non motorized bikes and dogs on leashes are allowed.
Fishing year-round, 5 AM to 11 PM. A state of New Mexico fishing license for those 12 years and older is required.

Boat Permits:
One day $15
Three day $25
Annual (valid for 12 months from date of purchase): $50

Permits can be purchased online, or Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Parks & Rec office located at 535 Resort Drive, Ruidoso, NM.


Ruidoso Municipal Swimming Pool

School House Park

Two Rivers Park

White Mountain Sports Complex

Wingfield Park

North Park

Hiking & Biking Trails  

Ruidoso Dog Park

Eagle Creek Sports Complex