Hubbard Museum

(Ruidoso NM)
My travels took me up into the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico and through the Mescalero Apache Reservation. In the shadows of 11,977 ft Sierra Blanca Peak, I stopped to visit the Hubbard Museum of the American West. What a wonderful find!

Horse sculpture and trees

Entry to the Hubbard Museum

I was greeted by several huge sculptures of horses scattered on a hillside in a natural setting. Placards described each breed, their attributes and the roles they played in the old west. American Standard, Arabian, Appaloosa, Paint, Morgan and other beautiful steeds were scattered around the garden. It made for an exciting walk.

Horse sculpture running

Standard and Morgan

Galloping horses sculpture

Paint and Appaloosa

Inside the museum were restored examples of various wagons, displays of pistols and rifles from the period, a section on Native American items, cowboy stuff, a photo gallery and an exhibit of quilts.

Pioneer wagon in museum

Covered Wagon

Mexican hand cart


The museum is associated with the Smithsonian and does an outstanding job of presenting the artifacts from the old west. I highly recommend it to anyone traveling near the area. And, the mountain setting is pretty nice.

Display of hanging quilt banners

Modern Quilts Exhibit

Display of trail kitchen wagon

Chuck Wagon

The chuck wagon reminded me it was time for lunch. So, I stopped at a Mexican grill, to get a burrito, on my way further up into the mountains.

Site: Hubbard Museum of the American West
Scene: Mountains, sculptures, museum

9 Responses to Hubbard Museum

  1. J. RICHARD SECOR March 20, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Ruidoso – a cool little town. i saw an a program on the food channel for the Chuckwagon cook-off held in Ruidoso at the race track. So we ordered up tickets and went to it. What a great time – most of the chuck wagons are original ones brought back to A1 condition. There were about 50 of them in the center of the race track – all cooking up some pretty great food – music etc etc We had a grand time!!!!
    Prizes are awarded for the best rig and for the best food.

    • Pleinguy March 20, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

      Sounds like you had a lip-smackin’ good time. The burrito con carne adovada I had was good too; big enough for two meals.

  2. jonthebru March 21, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    Have you ever driven over to the National Solar Observatory and Timberon? I know its cold this time of year there so you may have just skirted the Mountains to get down to Ruidoso. I’m just curious, I found it on Google Earth after you wrote about the Oliver Lee State Park a couple of Months ago. The lots can be cheap though they have covenants against living in an RV or trailer unless doing construction. Just curious. This will be a part of the Southwest I will visit, you have shown just how to do it!

    • Pleinguy March 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

      I have not yet been over there. It’s near Cloudcroft which is on a different route over the mountains than what I took this time. Glad the blog has helped you.

    • jonthebru March 23, 2014 at 4:52 am #

      Thanks for that reply.

  3. RiverCat March 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    How are you liking your booster? I’ve heard of them but never had much use until I was in the north-central part of the U.S. recently. I don’t suppose yours is the $30 Wal-Mart version

    • Pleinguy March 22, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

      No, don’t get the cheap one. I’ve sent you a message explaining what to get. Good luck!

  4. Nancy June 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm #

    Took the kids there many times when they were small. Used to be called The Museum of The Horse

    • Pleinguy June 26, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

      It was a good museum with nice exhibits.

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