Billy the Kid Trail

National Scenic BywayNew Mexico

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  • Rodeo Parade

    Indian maiden rides horseback in a rodeo parade.

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  • Rio Ruidoso

    Yellow primroses brighten the banks of the Ruidoso River.

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  • Sunflowers and Sierra Blanca

    A field of sunflowers color the valleys below the Sierra Blanca.

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  • Billy the Kid Trail Visitors Center

    A cheerful Billy the Kid welcomes visitors to the Byway.

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  • Winter on Billy the Kid Trail

    A river runs through the icy wilderness along the Billy the Kid Trail.

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  • An Old Fashioned Fire Truck

    This old vehicle was one of Lincoln County's original fire trucks.

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  • Smokey the Bear State Park

    Smokey the Bear greets visitors to his own state park in New Mexico.

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  • A Stone Church in the West

    An old stone church stands as a symbol of the Old West.

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  • Chicken Crossing

    This sign demonstrates the country atmosphere visitors will find in Lincoln County.

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  • Valley Church

    A pristine white stucco church signifies the culture of the area.

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  • White Powder at Ski Apache

    A skier sprays powder at Ski Apache.

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  • A Sunset Over Billy the Kid Trail

    Some visitors take in the inspiring sunset from atop boulders on a mountainside.

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  • Polo at Peter Herds, NM

    Polo players on horseback compete on the green at Peter Herds, NM.

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  • Billy the Kid

    This is the only surviving photograph of the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid.

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  • NM Byways License Plate

    New Mexico BY WAYS featured on a NM license plate.

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  • Racing, Up Close and Personal

    Crowds up close to the action at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack.

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  • Billy the Kid Trail Side Trips

    This unusual display at a Byway visitor center displays some side trips according to the visitor's interests.

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  • Billy the Kid Trail Sign in Capitan

    Topping other roadsigns, the Billy the Kid Trail sign marks the way.

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  • Public Restroom in Ruidoso

    Visitor services like public restrooms are easily found on Billy the Kid Trail.

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  • The Road Through Capitan

    The Billy the Kid Trail runs through Capitan, New Mexico.

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  • Billy the Kid Trail Near Capitan

    Dusk settles over the Billy the Kid Trail near Capitan.

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  • Billy The Kid Roadsign Beside the Byway near Ruidoso Downs

    Get a feel for the area by viewing the mountains and valleys near the Billy the Kid Trail.

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  • Billy the Kid Trail at Dawn

    A calm morning begins on the Billy the Kid Trail near Lincoln.

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  • Local Color

    A local business in Ruidoso displays festive lights.

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  • Sunset at a Lincoln Bed and Breakfast

    You could spend a quiet evening enjoying the sunset and Black-eyed Susans on the shaded lawns of this bed and breakfast in Lincoln.

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  • A Bed and Breakfast Companion

    This charming gray kitten wanders the kitchens of a bed and breakfast on the Billy the Kid Trail.

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  • Fort Stanton Military Cemetery on Billy the Kid Scenic Byway

    This distant view is of Fort Stanton Military Cemetery as seen from the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway.

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  • Fort Stanton Military Cemetery on Billy the Kid Scenic Byway

    Rows of crosses and a taller monument are seen in this view of Fort Stanton Military Cemetery on the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway.

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  • Smokey the Bear in Capitan on the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway

    An interpretive plaque tells more about Smokey the Bear on the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway.

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  • A Street in Ruidoso

    Taking advantage of the sunny weather and blue skies, travelers shop in downtown Ruidoso.

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  • Steep Hills and Farmland

    An early morning view near Lincoln on the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway shows shadowy steep hills and golden farmland.

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  • A Bed and Breakfast in Lincoln

    Flowering shrubbery surrounds the deck of this bed and breakfast in Lincoln on the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway.

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  • Grounds of Bed and Breakfast in Lincoln on the Billy The Kid Scenic Byway

    Enjoy the lush grounds of a bed and breakfast in Lincoln on the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway.

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  • Grounds of the Hubbard Museum of the American West

    Covered porches provide shade from the summer heat at the Hubbard Museum of the American West.

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  • Detail of "Free Spirits at Noisy Water"

    This detail of the sculpture "Free Spirits at Noisy Water" shows the attention to anatomy and texture the artist gave to his work.

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  • "Free Spirits at Noisy Water"

    The sculptured horses of "Free Spirits at Noisy Water" roam the landscape of the Hubbard Museum.

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  • Examining "Free Spirits at Noisy Water"

    Travelers examine the sculpture, "Free Spirits at Noisy Water" at the Hubbard Museum of the American West.

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  • Horses Following Each Other in the "Free Spirit" Sculpture

    A sculptural train of horses canter along the road at the Hubbard Museum.

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  • Courthouse and Jail in Lincoln

    Explore the courthouse and jail made famous by the footsteps of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid in Lincoln.

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  • Old House in Historic Lincoln

    Looking closely at an old house in historic Lincoln will help you discover part of the past of this area.

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  • Historic Brick House in Lincoln

    A historic brick house with a covered doorway in Lincoln shows some of the history of the area.

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  • Old House with White Picket Fence

    An older house in Lincoln is surrounded by a white, picket fence.

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  • Casa de Patron

    Billy the Kid was remanded at Casa de Patron for several weeks in 1879.

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  • Casa de Patron

    Casa de Patron is now a bed and breakfast in Lincoln, New Mexico.

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  • Old Home with Rock Fence

    An original old home is surrounded by a rock fence.

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  • Rock Wall Ruins in Lincoln

    Rock wall ruins give a hint of the past of Lincoln and the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway.

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  • A Street in Lincoln

    The Billy the Kid Scenic Byway travels through historic Lincoln, New Mexico, where Billy the Kid once lived.

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  • The Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway Visitor Center

    Stop by the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway Visitor Center for exhibits and maps.

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  • The Billy the Kid Visitor Center

    Seen from the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway, the visitor center is nestled among the beauty of green hills and blue sky.

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  • Stop to Shop in Ruidoso

    Explore the unique shops on this street in Ruidoso.

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  • Billy the Kid Byway Signs

    Signs sporting the logo of Billy the Kid Scenic Trail are found prominently placed on the Byway.

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  • Free Spirits at Horse Museum

    Horse sculptures gallop out of the picture frame in this photo, which also shows the signage for this outdoor work of art.

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  • Old County Jail in Lincoln

    The old county jail in Lincoln has a history worth learning.

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  • An Unusual Guest at Ruidoso Downs

    The visitor center at Ruidoso Downs had an unusual guest in the men's bathroom, a wooden bear.

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  • Billy the Kid Trail Map on a Wall

    Lost? Check out this Billy the Kid Trail map on an outside wall at the byway visitor center in Ruidoso Downs.

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  • Cowboy Symposium Cowboy Cooking

    A cowboy makes his dinner over a campfire at the Cowboy Symposium.

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  • Old West Storefronts in Ruidoso

    The storefronts in Ruidoso are empty on a quiet morning.

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  • Llamas on the Billy the Kid Trail

    Two llamas enjoy the Billy the Kid Trail.

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  • Free Spirits at the Hubbard Museum of the American West

    Free spirits are represented by the galloping glory of these horses at the Hubbard Museum of the American West

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  • Downtown Ruidoso

    The Billy the Kid Scenic Byway passes right through the downtown shopping district of Ruidoso.

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  • Shopping on the Billy The Kid Byway in Ruidoso

    Shoppers stroll past parked cars on a busy downtown street in Ruidoso

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  • Fort Stanton Merchant Marine Cemetery

    White crosses stand in silent memory under a blue New Mexico sky at Fort Stanton.

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  • Last Escape of Billy the Kid Pageant

    A fence sign announces the 'Last Escape of Billy the Kid' pageant held the first full weekend in August.

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  • Lincoln, New Mexico

    At one time, Lincoln was the home of Billy the Kid.

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  • The Old Mill

    An abandoned mill sits on the Billy the Kid Trail.

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  • Mountain Bikers on the Billy the Kid Trail

    Some bikers take advantage of the trails along the Billy the Kid Trail.

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  • Petroglyphs at Three Rivers

    This is one of over 500 petroglyphs at the Three Rivers Petroglyphs National Recreation Area.

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  • Panning for Gold

    A man pans for gold in a small creek.

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  • Horse Statue at the Hubbard Museum

    The outline of a horse statue depicts the art of the Hubbard Museum.

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  • A Stone Church on the Billy the Kid Trail

    A church of stone sits perfectly preserved.

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  • Fall on Billy the Kid Trail

    An unpaved path winds through fall color somewhere near the Billy the Kid Trail.

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  • Abandoned Wagon

    An old abandoned wagon sits in a field on the Billy the Kid Trail.

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  • Golfing in Ruidoso

    Golfers take advantage of the lovely climate in Ruidoso.

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  • Catching Air at Ski Apache on the Billy the Kid Trail

    A snowboarder gets air at Ski Apache in Ruidoso.

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  • Coe Ranch in Hondo, New Mexico

    This ranch employed Billy the Kid during the Lincoln County War.

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  • Morning Meal

    A horse grazes on grass along the Billy the Kid Trail.

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  • Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso, New Mexico

    Cowboys compete for authentic representation of cowboy culture.

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  • A Church on the Hill

    A church sits on a hill in the distance, backlit by a glowing violet sky

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  • Free Spirits at Noisy Water Sculpture

    The jumping horse sculpture seems almost lifelike.

  • Snow Vista from Sierra Blanca

    The snows on Sierra Blanca look down on the New Mexico valleys.

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  • Cowboy Symposium Chuck Wagon

    Red peppers hang from the side of a Chuck Wagon at the Cowboy Symposium on the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway.

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  • Chile Ristra Vendor

    Chile Ristras hang from a vendor's porch that is surrounded by wagon wheels.

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  • Free Spirits at the Hubbard Museum of the American West

    Painted horses race along the pathways of the Free Spirits sculptures at the Hubbard Museum of the American West.

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  • Chuck Wagon at a Museum

    A chuck wagon is one of the exhibits at the Hubbard Museum of the American West on the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway.

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  • Spencer Theater

    The Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts hosts fantastic concerts and performances.

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  • Torreon in Lincoln

    The Torreon (a rock fort tower) where settlers hid during Indian raids, still stands in the center of Lincoln.

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  • Ski Apache Gondola

    A skier watches the gondola at the Ski Apache Ski Area.

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  • Visiting Smokey Bear

    A visitor poses next to a life-size statue of Smokey Bear in Capitan, New Mexico. Behind, you can see a mural of the forest with rolling hills and fluffy, white clouds.

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  • Cascading Waterfall in the Lincoln National Forest

    Clear mountain water flows down over rocks creating a waterfall surrounded by dense, green trees.

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  • Exhibits Inside Smokey Bear Historical Park Museum

    A stuffed Smokey Bear sits in a glass case inside the Smokey Bear Historical Park Museum.

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  • Smokey Bear Statue in Smokey Bear Historical Park Museum

    A life-size statue of Smokey Bear stands with his shovel inside the Smokey Bear Historical Park.

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