- The list below includes 13 free or cheap things to do in or near Capitan, New Mexico, including 16 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, History Museums, Hiking Trails and Recreation Centers.
- From Smokey Bear Historical Park to Bonito Stables, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Capitan and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs and Carrizozo.
The Visitors Center at the Smokey Bear Historical Park features exhibits about forest health, forest fires, and fire ecology. Outdoor exhibits display six of the vegetative life zones in New Mexico, and there are also picnic areas and a playground.
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The history of the American West is put on display at the Hubbard Museum of the American West. Entertainment and education is woven into the programs while the exhibits show a wide collection of artifacts, including Native American artifacts, cowboy artifacts, saddles, and wagons.
The world's richest quarter-horse race is held at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track. The Turf Club on the second level allows guests to have their own waiter or waitress for food and refreshments, private betting windows, and an overarching view of the track.
When visiting Ruidoso, taking a side trip to visit the Free Spirits at Noisy Water should be on your list of things to do. The eight life-size, bronze statues of galloping horses are displayed in a park-like setting and provide a perfect photo opportunity.