The City of Ruidoso Downs
The official website for the City of Ruidoso Downs, NM

the official website for the

City of Ruidoso Downs

Small city affordability and quality of life in Southern New Mexico. 

Located in Lincoln County, New Mexico, the City of Ruidoso Downs works hard to serve its residents. Whether you’re a business, resident, or visitor, we're committed to making Ruidoso Downs a vibrant place to live, work and play.

With plans for ongoing and future public works projects, new businesses opening and relocating to our city, exciting live and simulcast horse racing at the world-famous Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, and intriguing exhibits and programs at our Smithsonian affiliated Hubbard Museum Of The American West, the City of Ruidoso Downs offers an affordable, small-city lifestyle for both your personal and professional life.

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City departments provide essential public services including law enforcement and fire protection, public works, planning and zoning, and City parks.

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The City of Ruidoso Downs has a mayor/council form of government with a four member city council. The Mayor and Council serve four-year terms and meet twice a month.

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Labor, energy, state and local taxes, and real estate expenses in Ruidoso Downs are below the U.S. average, making it an especially affordable area to establish a business. 

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How to apply for building permits, register a new business, file a request for public information, submit a concern, or pay your utility bill?

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The care of human life and happiness, not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
— Thomas Jefferson