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City of Ruidoso Downs
Comprehensive Plan

Update 2021

The Ruidoso City Council approved the City of Ruidoso Downs Comprehensive Plan on Monday, September 13th, 2021.


The Plan


Existing Plan

The City of Ruidoso Downs completed its last Comprehensive Plan in 2004.

The Village of Green Tree was incorporated in 1947, and changed its name to Ruidoso Downs in 1958, in recognition of the Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Ruidoso Downs became a City in 2002.

Community Profile

A Comprehensive Plan brings together facts, figures, and stories about the people and places that make a community thrive.

The population of Ruidoso Downs was 2,620 residents in 2020.

Goals & Objectives

The Plan will outline Goals & Objectives for future implementation policies and projects based on the community profile and community input.


The Process

Local leaders decided in the summer of 2020 that it was time to update the 16-year old City of Ruidoso Downs Comprehensive Plan. The City has hired Consensus Planning, Inc., to help with the planning process.

The Comprehensive Plan will address all aspects of the community, including land use and community character, economic development, housing and neighborhoods, parks, community facilities and services, transportation, infrastructure, hazard mitigation, and implementation.


The Survey

The City of Ruidoso Downs conducted a community survey to provide direction in preparing the Comprehensive Plan. The survey was open 9/21/2020 – 10/30/2020. All residents were encouraged to take the survey online or in print, in English or Spanish. The results are available here.

Over 90% of respondents to the survey live in Ruidoso Downs. Half have lived there for 20 years or longer. They like the small town atmosphere, natural environment, and affordability of the community. Two-thirds rate the quality of life as Good or Excellent.

Public Meetings

The City of Ruidoso Downs held the first public meeting to update the City of Ruidoso Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, November 19, 2020. The meeting was facilitated by the City’s consultant, Consensus Planning, with discussion of where the community sees Ruidoso Downs growing over the next 20 years and a presentation on the results of the community survey.

The City of Ruidoso Downs held the second public meeting to update the City of Ruidoso Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, April 29, 2021. Consensus Planning gave a presentation on the Comprehensive Plan’s draft goals and objectives and alternative future land use scenarios.

Ruidoso Downs’ Mayor and City Council held a Workshop Meeting on August 16, 2021, to discuss the City of Ruidoso Downs Comprehensive Plan.

Did You Know?

Did you know: The Billy the Kid Scenic Byway Visitors Center is located on US Highway 70, next to the Hubbard Museum of the American West. The byway connects Ruidoso Downs, the community of Lincoln, and other sites in the Lincoln County.

The Hubbard Museum of the American West was established in 1992, and contains an extensive collection of Western art and artifacts, including holds of the former Anne C. Stradling Museum of the Horse. “Free Spirits at Noisy Water” is a series of seven sculptured horses by artist Dave McGary, set in a garden between the Museum and Visitors Center.

About Us

The City of Ruidoso Downs and Consensus Planning are working closely with the citizens of Ruidoso Downs on their Comprehensive Plan.

City of Ruidoso Downs

Public Works Department
102 Mystery Drive
Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346
(575) 378-6162

Consensus Planning

302 Eighth Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 764-9801