Grindstone Lake and Trail system

111 Wiggins Way, off Resort Drive

This multi-use trail system, designed by the International Mountain Biking Association, was completed in 2014. Consisting of 5 trails totaling 18-miles, the trails are open to mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. Please be courteous in interactions with fellow trail users.

Parking is available at Grindstone Lake. New public restrooms are available. Cell phones should work on the trail. Pets 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. You can escape the crowds by hopping in your watercraft and getting to the honey holes.

Non-motorized boating is allowed year-round. A permit is required and is available for purchase online.

Grindstone Lake is frequented by various wildlife such as black bears, mule deer, elk, blue heron, Osprey’s, and the occasional Bald or Golden Eagle. The most common of the visitors is the Osprey which can be seen diving into the lake in the spring or fall on their migration across the country. A viewing area has been dedicated to viewing these wondrous birds and their acrobatic feeding routine.

 Grindstone Disc Golf Course, Ruidiso, NM

Grindstone Disc Golf Course, Ruidiso, NM

Grindstone Lake is home to a 27 hole, 81 par heavily wooded disc golf course, home to the annual New Mexico Disc Golf Championships. 

Learn more about Grindstone Lake at the official Ruidoso tourism website,

Check out the TripAdvisor reviews of Grindstone Lake here.

General Rules:
Swimming is permitted at Grindstone Lake. A Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is required at all times for those 12 years and younger who are boating or swimming.
Dogs are allowed in the water at Grindstone Lake. Please note: Swim at your own risk. There are no lifeguards on duty.
No fees for parking, entrance, or picnicking.
Pets must be on a leash.
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.

Other Ruidoso Parks 

Ruidoso Municipal Swimming Pool

School House Park

Two Rivers Park

White Mountain Sports Complex

Wingfield Park

North Park

Hiking & Biking Trails  

Ruidoso Dog Park