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Grindstone Lake

Grindstone Canyon Rd, Ruidoso, NM
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Great hike

We did morning hike. Trails well marked and not crowded. Did 8+ mile hike in 4 hours. Saw... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rosanky, Texas
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Hikers, Fishermen and Swimmers

In the little town of Ruidoso for a wedding we were looking for a family friendly thing to do out... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wilmington, North Carolina
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“small lake” (6 reviews)
Grindstone Canyon Rd, Ruidoso, NM
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We did morning hike. Trails well marked and not crowded. Did 8+ mile hike in 4 hours. Saw several deer and mountain lion tracks. Would rate hike as moderate.

Thank Cliff78957
Reviewed 1 week ago

In the little town of Ruidoso for a wedding we were looking for a family friendly thing to do out of doors for the afternoon. Grindstone Lake was minutes away from our accommodations so some of us drove over for a little stroll. Others in...More

Thank peetsheets
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were out and about and saw a sign to Grindstone Lake. Decided to go visit. It is a beautiful lake with mountain backdrops. Great for picture taking. It's also near Grindstone Stables if you want to do a trail ride. Worth a visit.

Thank Janet C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I are hikers and mountain bikers. This has the best trail around the lake. If you are just wanting to walk, hike or bike this is the trail. Beautiful and wildlife watching!!

1  Thank Ginaclark3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took our children on a morning hike at Grindstone Lake. The trail system takes you up away from the lake into beautiful forest and meadow. We trail ran the 7 mile Grindstone Lake trail, but there are other options for shorter or longer distances....More

Thank Eric D
Reviewed 8 July 2017

This is a pleasant man-made lake close to town in Ruidoso. The water is cold and seems clean -- lots of people swimming, and there's a big cliff to jump off of. Beware -- the hike around the lake does NOT cross the dam --...More

1  Thank Wanderlust33
Reviewed 8 June 2017

My son and I have been going here for 20 years. Though we also go to other places to fish, this place was our first trip and we always start here. It is stocked once a week. Fireball baits work well. It is easy to...More

Thank daddymo2
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Everyone travelling through south-central New Mexico knows of the well-advertised Mescalero Apache Casino, "Inn of the Mountain Gods," with its associated beautiful man-made lake. But until this trip I was unaware that just a handful of miles therefrom there's an equally picturesque lake, also man-made,...More

Thank David R
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Pulled in 7 trout.walk around to rocks with drill marks...fireballs worked well...2 were over 17 inches--was crowded tho...

2  Thank StevenDaOne
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We love coming to this lake the fishing is always great. Highly recommend. We will definitely ve back.

Thank Yuri M
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Maria V
17 July 2017|
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Response from StevenDaOne | Reviewed this property |
No camping at the lake...though it is next to town so my fiance and I took a room at the Chalet...yes, as I recall you can swim there. If you fish, we had good success with trout.
andrea m
3 June 2016|
Response from Connie S |
Do I need a fishing permit to fish