Known as the "year round playground of the southwest," Ruidoso, NM is the perfect mountain destination for hiking, climbing, biking, skiing, or simply relaxing. With your vacation home located in the heart of the Sierra Blanca Mountains, enjoy all the natural beauty of south central New Mexico. Walk from your vacation rental to a number of pristine white powder slopes, including Ski Apache, a ski resort in Ruidoso that originally opened in 1961. Owned and operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe, the resort offers skiers a total of 55 runs. Spend your days enjoying the slopes, then retreat back home at night and relax with family and friends around your rental's fireplace. There are also 1.1 million-acres of forest for you to explore scattered throughout the southern Rocky Mountains, known to locals as "the birthplace of Smokey the Bear"! Look for southwestern wildlife, birds and native plants along the trails.
Here are a few additional suggested activities:
-Experience Monjeau Lookout: Drive to Monjeau and enjoy breath-taking views from this popular scenic overlook.
-Spend a day at The Hubbard Museum of the American West: This museum preserves rare New Mexico artifacts with a special emphasis on local and regional arts and culture. Exhibits change often, offering guests the opportunity to truly delve into the area's local history.
-Explore Lincoln National Forest: Hike or bike the trails of Lincoln National Forest, a breathtaking wilderness region that offers the very best Ruidoso camping sites and horseback riding areas.
-Experience Ruidoso skiing: Ruidoso offers pristine powdery trails all winter long for both downhill and cross country skiing enthusiasts.
-Play a round of golf: Champion caliber Ruidoso golf courses are some of the best maintained and well designed in the state.
-Play a hand at the Mountain of Gods: Ruidoso is home to the Inn of the Mountain Gods, a popular casino that draws visitors and gambling enthusiasts from across the border.
A vacation rental in the heart of Ruidoso can provide everything you need to experience the best of a Southwestern wilderness getaway. Find a trendy condo close to your favorite activities or a luxury lakeside cabin with all of the amenities you need to host your friends and family. While you're planning an escape to Ruidoso, consider visiting a few other popular vacation destinations in the southwest like Palm Springs or Lake Tahoe.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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