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Adding Ruidoso, New Mexico to Our 2018 Travel Plans

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Alto Lake by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

Alto Lake by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

 

Even in Los Angeles, you can feel the change of season in the air. And while fall is only barely knocking on our doors, I’m already looking at where next year’s travels might take us. What has this month’s research revealed? Ruidoso, New Mexico. It might just be the next great escape we need.

Where?

The Village of Ruidoso is in the Sierra Blanca mountain range (think, South Central New Mexico, about two hours north east of Las Cruces and about three hours south east of Albuquerque).

What has me all fired up about a trip to a village in New Mexico?

 

Photo of Ski Run Road by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

Photo of Ski Run Road by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

Off-the-Beaten-Path Getaways

You know how much Andy and I love finding unique off-the-beaten-path destinations. We want to explore the quiet places, and when they have incredible mountain vistas, all the better. You have me sold when you tell me that I can stroll through a small Western town while exploring the local art scene and enjoying the regionally-inspired food.

 

Photo of Mountain Biker by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

Photo of Mountain Biker by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

 

An Outdoor Paradise

It feels like there is no end to the outdoor activities available in Ruidoso. You know how much Andy loves hiking, and I’m getting better at it. Here, there are trails that work for both advanced outdoors types and novices (and even less graceful participants, like me). I’ve already got my eyes set on hiking around Alto Lake. And with more than 200 miles of trails in the Smokey Bear Ranger District in the Lincoln National Forest, there are going to be trails that work for both of us. I can even see us giving the trails around Bonito Lake or Cedar Creek a go.

 

Trail walking by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

Trail walking by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

 

Photo by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

Photo by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

 

Does anyone here love horseback riding? Many of the hiking trails are actually multi-use trails, so don’t be surprised if you see people on horseback (or bikes) as you walk. I haven’t been on a horse since I was 12. The horse was huge, I was tiny – I’m still quite short – and it was an odd combination of thrilling and terrifying. I not so secretly have been trying to find a good excuse to get back to riding, so I am already picturing us riding through the Fort Stanton Recreation Area while taking in the views of the Captain and Sacramento Mountains, as well as the Lincoln National Forest. Of course, in my fantasy, I’m far more sophisticated than I probably would be in real life, but it still seems worth a shot. I’ve also heard good things about the guided horseback tours at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in nearby Mescalero. That might be a better way to start given my inexperience.

 

Apache Wind Rider Zip Tour by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

Apache Wind Rider Zip Tour by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

 

Are you into camping? Take a look at Silver Lake, Eagle Creek and the cabins at Mescalero if you are planning a trek during the summer. Are you an adventurer with an eye toward the zip-line? I wish I were one of you! I think Andy might be tempted to give the cables at Apache Eagle ZipRider over Lake Mescalero a test. I will seriously consider it. No, I will! I was pretty tempted when we were in Costa Rica, and the views here look incredible.

I’m inclined to visit this area in the warmer months, but the winter certainly has its appeal. For instance, the winter sleigh rides in Upper Canyon during the holidays look nothing short of magical. Do you live for the rush of downhill skiing? Ski Apache could be perfect for you. There are also tubing and snowboarding options waiting for you that are great for the whole family.

 

Ski and Snowboard photo by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

Ski and Snowboard photo by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

 

Tubing Baby photo by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

Tubing Baby photo by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

 

An Escape Filled with History

If you are like us, you love to add a bit of history to your getaways. Here, you can visit The Hubbard Museum of the American West and the Fort Stanton State Historic Site. You can see the original structures (17 in all) of the Lincoln State Historic Site which reveals what life looked like in Lincoln County in the 1870s and 1880s. Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett called Lincoln home. Do you love ghost towns? If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know how much Andy and I do. If we head to visit Ruidoso, we can also explore the White Oaks Ghost Town. It was a boomtown in 1879 and went the way of many of the California mining towns we have explored did. No word on whether or not they are actually visited by ghosts, but we’re willing to find out and report back to you.

 

A Chance to Relax and Indulge

There is no doubt that Ruidoso is a great place to get outdoors and experience the natural wonders of the area. But I know that after a long day, I’m going to want a little pampering and relaxing. Good news! There are three day spas that look exactly like the kind of rejuvenating spots I would need. There are also Yoga zones and even a flotation station (!) right in the middle of the Village.

Ladies Social Networking by River photo by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

Ladies Social Networking by River photo by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

 

That’s not all! There are numerous performing arts facilities and opportunities to enjoy incredible music. There are art galleries to be visited and horse races to be seen. And, of course, barbeque to be eaten!

Where would we stay? Right now, The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino on the Mescalero Apache reservation looks very tempting. The views of the lake and the forest, as well as all the entertainment, could be a fun treat. I can also see us spending some time in the Storybook Cabins for a quieter getaway.

 

Storybook Cabins by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

Storybook Cabins by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

 

How about you? Do you have any favorite spots in New Mexico? Have you ever visited Ruidoso? What is on your 2018 travel wish list?

Downtown in Winter by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

Downtown in Winter by Kerry Gladden (The Agency)

 

This post has been sponsored by Discover Ruidoso. All photos were provided by Discover Ruidoso and posted here with permission. As usual, all opinions belong to Traveling Without a Net.

 

 

 

 

 

35 Comments on Adding Ruidoso, New Mexico to Our 2018 Travel Plans

  1. I must say I did not know this place. So thanks for expanding my travel knowledge.

  2. What a lovely town! Sounds like a lot of adventure we would enjoy – hiking, a beautiful lake, zip-lining and horseback riding?!?! That is awesome! The only definite plans we have for 2018 is a trip to Ireland in March with the possibility of Machu Picchu in May/June and a road trip on PCH1 during September.

  3. I have traveled all throughout New Mexico but never to this little paradise. Adding it to the list

    • PatriciaSteffy // September 17, 2017 at 1:34 pm // Reply

      I think most people head quite a bit further north. I know I had no idea about this place before starting the planning.

  4. The cabin looks so comfortable! Accommodation is super important to me when I travel so that’s definitely worth taking a look at. Also love that there are trails for advanced and beginner hikers! I’m definitely nowhere near advanced level but still love hiking!

    • PatriciaSteffy // September 17, 2017 at 1:33 pm // Reply

      The cabin is absolutely a place I can see myself being cozy in and just writing for a week. But with so much to do outside, I’d probably be tempted away from work fairly quickly.

  5. Honestly, sounds like the perfect place! I hope you have a lovely time. I can’t wait to read all about it 🙂

  6. I live in LA too, and yes, fall is barely knocking on our door, but always fun to think about the next trip. I have been to New Mexico, but never to this beautiful looking spot. I don’t think you can go wrong here!

  7. I have always wanted to visit New Mexico. It looks like there is a lot to see and do, which only makes me want to visit more. Thanks for shedding light on what one can see and do there!

  8. Wow, I would’ve never guessed that this was located in New Mexico! When I hear NM, I automatically assume desert, not a vibrant forest and mountain range. Ruidoso looks amazing, will definitely have to check it out when I’m in the southwest region.

  9. I have spent a lot of time in Mexico, but I always forget about New Mexico across the border! There certainly seems like a lot to do – I love horse riding so that would be top of my list, followed by the zipline!

  10. I had no picture in my mind what Ruidoso, let alone what New Mexico is like. Looks beautiful summer, autumn and winter. Those cabins look cozy! Thanks for sharing your pictures are wonderful!

  11. We are going to NM in 2018 and I wasn’t sure if Ruidoso was a place we’d go. You have changed my mind. I will research it further.

  12. It looks like a gorgeous place. It shocked me that it was in New Mexico, not a more ‘wintery’ state. We’re planning on travelling further south in the Americas to Argentina and Chile, as my daughter did a student exchange there last year.

  13. Hadn’t heard of this area, I’m loving the cabin and the idea of wine at a cute picnic table.
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  14. So many reasons I love blogging about travel and visiting other bloggers sites for inspiration and seeing parts of the world through others eyes. New Mexico sure knows how to put some color into their Autumn, beautiful and that cabin makes you just want to investigate.

  15. Wow! I would never have guessed anything like this was in New Mexico. I can’t believe you can snowboard there! Crazy and fun. I am a huge hiker and camper, so this town looks like it would be right up my alley. I hope you enjoy your trip.
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  16. I went to Ruidoso when I was little. I remember going horseback riding too. The land is so beautiful in New Mexico. I’ll have to take a trip out there again!

  17. Didn’t know NM is so beautiful! Would love to horse-ride on that beautiful trail!

  18. We love New Mexico, but haven’t made it to Ruidoso yet–we will have to add it to our list for next time! Looks like an area that we would love. Outdoor adventures are our favorite and there seems to be a ton of great options here. I’d love to do some of the hiking and the views from that zip line look amazing! The relaxation and history sound great, as well!

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