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Billy the Kid Scenic Byway

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Lincoln County and the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway are rich in history. Native Americans, the U.S. Cavalry, miners, cowboys, trappers, hunters, ranchers, outlaws and pioneers have all left their mark. Follow this scenic byway through the rugged beauty of the million-acre Lincoln National Forest. From grassy plains to dense pine forests, the region is known for its stunning views and cool mountain climate. Visit historic Lincoln, once home to outlaw Billy the Kid and lawman Pat Garrett. From the heights of 12,000’ Sierra Blanca to the rolling pastures of Fort Stanton and the streams of the quiet valleys, this area has something to offer everyone.
Stop by the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway Visitors Center located right next door to the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso Downs. Exhibits in the visitor center explore some of the many attractions found along the Byway. The friendly staff can help you with the information you need to plan a stay in Lincoln County while you explore the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway.

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