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Grindstone Lake

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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.

Ruidoso’s newest and most unique attraction, the new Wibit Water Park at Grindstone Lake, is open for the summer season! The floating, inflatable platform is perfect for family fun, birthday parties and special events.

Parking and camping 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.

Boating is allowed year-round (see Use of Vessels on Lake below for what is allowed). A permit is required and is available for purchase at the lake or by calling Parks & Rec at 575-257-5030.

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

Head to the water for a day of fishing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and more with watercraft equipment rentals available at Grindstone Lake.

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