Explore Billy the Kid Country
Although there’s certainly no shortage of scenic drives in New Mexico, the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway is a great choice for everyone – no matter what your ability level. The official route begins in Ruidoso and follows Highway 70 to Hondo, then turns on Highway 380 and travels through Lincoln and Capitan, before coming full circle with a short drive down Highway 48 back to Ruidoso. Not only is this route one of the most picturesque drives in New Mexico; but as Billy the Kid's former stomping grounds, it also boasts numerous reminders of that colorful era.
Make the Billy the Kid Visitors Center the first stop along your route. It's located near Ruidoso Downs on Highway 70. There's level access to the Visitors Center, with barrier-free pathways to the inside galleries. It's a great place to pick up some maps and get a good overview of the area.
Known as the guru of accessible travel, Candy Harrington is the author of several accessible travel guides including the classic Barrier-Free Travels; A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers. Her newest title, 22 Accessible Road Trips; Driving Vacations for Wheelers and Slow Walkers features 22 driving routes across the United States with information about wheelchair-accessible sites, lodging options, trails, attractions and restaurants along the way. It's a great resource for Baby Boomers, couples, families, or anybody who wants to hit the road. Candy also blogs about accessible travel issues at BarrierFreeTravels.com All photos by Charles Pannell