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CEDAR CREEK (Sam Tobias), NM

part ofLincoln National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: CEDAR CREEK (Sam Tobias)
Status: Open through Mon Sep 14 2015   Season Dates


Located on the outskirts of Ruidoso, Cedar Creek provides a wonderful space for groups visiting for the day or staying overnight. With a picnic shelter and three group campsites, the recreation area is ideal for an outing in Lincoln National Forest.

A popular pastime is birding, and visitors can see many migratory birds like the western blue bird, the blue jay and the nuthatch.

Natural Features:

Cedar Creek is perched along its namesake, Cedar Creek at a 7,000 foot elevation. Lincoln National Forest, located in south-central New Mexico, is most notable as the birthplace of the original Smokey Bear.


Hiking and biking are among the most popular activities here, with options like the T90 Fitness Trail and the T121 and T121A biking trails. The fitness trail extends for 1.3 miles, and includes exercise stations where visitors can do pull-ups and similar workouts.

Open spaces in the picnic area and campground are good for Frisbee, corn hole or soccer.


The group picnic shelter offers drinking water and accessible vault toilets. Non-sheltered picnic tables are open to the general public.

The group campgrounds range from 60 to 100 person capacities and the group picnic shelter fits up to 40 people. Each site comes with accessible picnic shelters, campfire rings, drinking water vault toilets and grills.

Nearby Attractions:

Ruidoso is a delightful town with quaint shops, restaurants and art galleries. If picnickers wish to camp overnight, they can head to Sam Tobias Memorial Group Campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Sites
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Playground
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • No fuel wood cuttings; bring charcoal and/or wood from home, or collect down and dead wood
  • No smoking except within parking area or vehicles.
  • Fireworks are prohibited
  • For more information on Lincoln National Forest, click here
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
33.36139, -105.68472
33°21'41"N, 105°41'5"W

From Ruidoso on Mechem Drive, take Cedar Creek Road west .5 miles. Cedar Creek is the first recreational area located on the right (north).

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CEDAR CREEK (Sam Tobias)
RUIDOSO  NM  88345

Phone Number:

Information:  (575)257-4095
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