The best times to visit Ruidoso for ideal weather are

May 14th to October 7th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other Ruidoso Travel Info

Weather in Ruidoso


Average temperatures in Ruidoso vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 57th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Ruidoso, the hottest months are June, July, and then August. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid June where highs are regularly around 84.3°F (29.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 58.4°F (14.7°C) at night.

Ruidoso Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Ruidoso Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Ruidoso Perceived Temperature (F)


Ruidoso Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Ruidoso Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 48.2 36.1 27
Feb 51.9 39.6 29.9
Mar 59.6 46.6 36.1
Apr 65.5 52.7 41.1
May 71.6 59.4 47.7
Jun 82.9 70.2 57.7
Jul 79.9 68.1 58.1
Aug 79.3 67.7 58
Sep 74.1 62.4 52.7
Oct 66.7 54.5 44.3
Nov 56.7 44.4 34.8
Dec 47.7 36.8 28.5

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 9 2.3 -2.8
Feb 11.1 4.2 -1.2
Mar 15.3 8.1 2.3
Apr 18.6 11.5 5.1
May 22 15.2 8.7
Jun 28.3 21.2 14.3
Jul 26.6 20.1 14.5
Aug 26.3 19.8 14.4
Sep 23.4 16.9 11.5
Oct 19.3 12.5 6.8
Nov 13.7 6.9 1.6
Dec 8.7 2.7 -1.9



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Ruidoso are March, April, and then November. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid September with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of September 10th.

When can you find snow in Ruidoso? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Ruidoso.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Ruidoso (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 0% 0 0
Feb 0% 0 0
Mar 0% 0 0
Apr 0% 0 0
May 1% 0 0.1
Jun 2% 0 0.1
Jul 11% 0 1.1
Aug 9% 0 0.9
Sep 11% 0 1.2
Oct 4% 0 0.4
Nov 0% 0 0
Dec 1% 0 0.1

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 0 0 0
Feb 0 0 0
Mar 0 0 0
Apr 0 0 0
May 1 0 0.3
Jun 2 0 0.3
Jul 11 0 2.8
Aug 9 0 2.3
Sep 11 0 3
Oct 4 0 1
Nov 0 0 0
Dec 1 0 0.3


Humidity and Wind

Ruidoso has some comfortably humid months, with some very dry months. The least humid month is April (19.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (48.4%).

Wind in Ruidoso is usually moderate. The windiest month is April, followed by February and March. April’s average wind speed of around 11.1 knots (12.7 MPH or 20.5 KPH) is considered “a moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early April where average top sustained speeds reach 23.8 knots, which is considered a strong breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Ruidoso.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 8.2 Gentle breeze 17.8 Strong breeze
Feb 9.8 Gentle breeze 20.7 Strong breeze
Mar 9.7 Gentle breeze 20.3 Strong breeze
Apr 11.1 Significant breeze 23.1 Very strong breeze
May 9.7 Gentle breeze 20.8 Strong breeze
Jun 8.4 Gentle breeze 19.1 Strong breeze
Jul 6 Light breeze 15.6 Strong breeze
Aug 5.6 Light breeze 14.9 Significant breeze
Sep 6 Light breeze 14.3 Strong breeze
Oct 7.5 Gentle breeze 16.8 Significant breeze
Nov 7.8 Gentle breeze 16.9 Strong breeze
Dec 8.9 Gentle breeze 19.4 Strong breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 33.8%
Feb 30.1%
Mar 23.7%
Apr 19.5%
May 25%
Jun 24.2%
Jul 48.4%
Aug 47.5%
Sep 47.8%
Oct 33.9%
Nov 28.8%
Dec 37.5%


Is it Safe to Travel to Ruidoso?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Dec 04, 2023 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Dec 04, 2023.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Ruidoso, NM, US is June, followed by May and January. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Ruidoso in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 44 in December means 44% of the tourists vs. June.



Overall Ruidoso Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 79.9°F (26.6°C) and 55.2°F (12.9°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is nonexistent with roughly 0 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 1 to 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Ruidoso, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 76.2°F (24.6°C) and 53.4°F (11.9°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 3 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Ruidoso to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 55.2°F (12.9°C) and 42.6°F (5.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a insignificant amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.


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