Though New Mexico usually conjures images of an arid desert landscape, Ruidoso is a mountain resort town perched nearly 7,000 feet above sea level. This quickly growing town is a hub of outdoor recreation due to its proximity to State Parks, National Parks, and mountain ranges. There is a rich Wild West history here; Billy the Kid was a major figure in the Lincoln County War. Ruidoso is now known as one of America’s top ten “True West Towns;” evidence of this can be seen in museums and seasonal events. Come to Ruidoso for skiing, hiking, history, and art.
Experience some of Ruidoso’s best wilderness at Lincoln National Forest. This 1.1-million-acre forest is home to three major mountain ranges, allowing visitors to hike dozens of trails. There are also day-use facilities where you can enjoy a picnic after a day exploring the vast array of flora and fauna.
Since Ruidoso was founded as a resort town, there are many spas to maximize your comfort. Visit Blue Lotus Day Spa & Yoga for a relaxing afternoon—the massages are highly rated!
If you’re visiting in winter, be sure to make a trip up to Ski Apache. Skiers and snowboarders will be delighted by the views of surrounding mountains as well as the wide variety of runs. However, this ski resort is also active in the summer, offering zip lining and gondola rides!
The quaint yet cultural town of Alamogordo is an hour southwest of Ruidoso. The residents here speak English, Spanish, and German! There are many events and festivals that honor its diversity, such as Oktoberfest and a traditional Spanish market. Alamogordo is also the site of the White Sands Balloon Invitational, where dozens of hot air balloons are launched over the White Sands National Monument.
Lovers of the supernatural can drive an hour and a half east to Roswell, the home of Area 51 and many museums that honor extraterrestrial life. The International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell explores what happened in Area 51 as well as other UFO sightings. For those in favor of more traditional museums, the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art showcases hundreds of pieces from local artists.
Out of town visitors may want to make the two-and-a-half-hour drive to Cibola National Forest. This 1.6-million-acre forest features both forest and grassland environments, so you’re sure to find a beautiful environment to spend the day. There are several scenic drives through the forest in addition to hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. Take a tram to the top of Sandia’s Crest, a 10,000-foot peak for stunning panoramic views!
Tripping.com showcases nearly 600 vacation rentals in Ruidoso. Many are cabins, which are the perfect retreat for your adventurous trip!
Though Ruidoso has its own local airport, the nearest major airports are Albuquerque and El Paso, each about 150 miles away. Ruidoso can be reached via Highway 70 from the east and the west. Look for scenic byways nearby—there are over 2,900 miles worth of scenic highways in New Mexico!
Looking for a vacation rental in Ruidoso? Tripping.com has 1268 vacation rental homes available in Ruidoso. You'll find 5 studios, 272 1-bedroom, 295 2-bedroom and 696 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $25 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Ruidoso is $208 while the average price of a weekly rental is $1735. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Ruidoso home is $7440.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 215 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Ruidoso. In addition to accommodating pets, Ruidoso rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 1013 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 1058 have TV and/or cable and 62 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 9 vacation rental sites in Ruidoso where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, Booking.com, and Expedia. There are 507 HomeAway rentals, 234 Booking.com short term rentals and 189 Expedia vacation rentals.