Ruidoso is a mountain resort and one of the fastest growing towns in New Mexico. Located in south-central New Mexico, its population of just under 10,000 (more than double that number live in the surrounding area) grew 18% from 2000 to 2008. ENMU Ruidoso Campus is a two-year community college here. Major development projects in Ruidoso include large housing subdivisions, condos, and retail establishments There is good skiing nearby at Ski Apache. Ruidoso Downs is a suburb and home to Ruidoso Downs (flat) horse racing track, the Billy the Kid Casino, and the Hubbard Museum of the American West. Ruidoso gets its name from the creek running through town, Rio Ruidoso (noisy river). Nearby towns such as Alamogordo are also interesting retirement destinations. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia in the public domain: downtown by Dennis Adams and Ruidoso Downs by Bill Hirshfeld. In 2009 Topretirements wrote a special feature about New Mexico retirement, including pros and cons.