Ruidoso is the perfect place for family activities and beautiful scenery. Last weekend, we stayed at The Lodge at Sierra Blanca in Ruidoso, NM. Ruidoso is about 3 hours southeast of Albuquerque. Ruidoso is surrounded by the Lincoln National Forest which abounds with historic markers – ever heard of Smokey the Bear or Billy the Kid?
The Lodge was a nice place to stay in that it provided spacious suites (with gas fireplaces), an indoor pool, and a small fitness room (with a beautiful view). It was located right next to The Links golf course, tennis courts, and an accessible 5k trail. The Lodge also offered free morning yoga/tai chi and afternoon pool exercise classes. The midtown shopping and restaurant district is a very short drive away. Very near to Ruidoso is Bonito Lake with plenty of camping and hiking opportunities. Aside from traditional hotels and lodges there are many options for renting cabins which allows you more flexibility in the size, price, and location of your accommodations.
My visit was in the context of attending a convention so my weekend was tame, but in a good way. We visited the Flying J Ranch, a chuckwagon supper and western show. I expected mostly cheesiness but it turned out to be pretty fun! The pre-dinner activities are for the little ones (pony rides, pistol shoot, and old western town shootout), but dinner was tasty and efficiently served (for over 500 people!) and the post-dinner entertainment was, well, entertaining! It was a western stage show featuring a national champion yodeler and a very talented band. It was totally wholesome (how refreshing!) and totally fun. It was really quite a perfect place to take a large group and especially, your little ones.
Of course, there is also plenty of skiing in the winter but that’s for another time . . .