The mountains around Ruidoso provide some of the best scenery and outdoor experiences in New Mexico, with great hiking, biking, and horse riding for most of the year, then winter sports when the snow falls. The town is home to plenty of bars, restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques, plus a popular casino and horse-racing venue at Ruidoso Downs. Your cabin rental here might be within walking distance of all the town’s amenities, or tucked away in the surrounding mountains with the natural wonders of the Lincoln National Forest on your doorstep.
Great locations to stay in Ruidoso
Ruidoso is spread over quite a wide area of hilly country, with most of the shops and restaurants centered in midtown along Sudderth Drive—which is part of the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway. If you want to be close to all the amenites, there are dozens of cabin rentals nearby that are surrounded by trees along quiet residential streets. Further out of town, you’ll find vacation homes that feel much more remote and private, often with panoramic mountain views and wildlife wandering around in the yard.
Ruidoso Downs cabins
Just to the east of Ruidoso is the adjacent village of Ruidoso Downs, which is best known as a horse-racing venue. The Ruidoso Downs Race Track hosts regular events from May through September, when thousands of sports fans come to town for a flutter. And if you need to bet some more, the Billy the Kid Casino stands alongside the race course. In keeping with the equine theme, the Hubbard Museum of the American West is also nearby. You can rent cabins here that feel quite remote but are within a stone’s throw of the track.
Cabins in Upper Canyon
The Upper Canyon is one of Ruidoso’s most scenic and historic areas, located just west of midtown. It offers cabins surrounded by towering pine and fir trees close to the Rio Ruidoso, a 30-mile-long river. You’re close to town here, but the Upper Canyon also borders a wild forest where you’ll often see deer, elk, and even bears roaming around. In the fall, there’s the spectacle of blazing foliage along the river, where oaks, golden aspens, and cottonwood trees grow in abundance.
Find the Ruidoso cabin type that’s just right for you
Whether you want to explore Ruidoso’s White Mountain Wilderness, enjoy winter sports at nearby Ski Apache, or watch the racing at Ruidoso Downs, you’ll surely find a lovely cabin rental that fits your needs, as this destination is a very popular spot for booking vacation homes. Traditional fireplaces and snug living rooms are in demand during the winter, while summer visitors enjoy the open decks with barbecue grills and hot tubs.
Cabins for large groups
Ruidoso is a great place for a gathering of friends, with all sorts of activities nearby and some really stunning large cabin rentals that can cater to as many as 24 people. You’ll find spacious living rooms with exposed wooden beams, stone fireplaces, and even pool tables, plus huge decks outside with hot tubs and grills. Just decide if you want to be close to the restaurants and bars of midtown, or out in the country with no neighbors in sight.
Pet-friendly cabins in Ruidoso
A lot of cabin owners in Ruidoso have pets of their own, so there’s a good selection of pet-friendly properties if you’re bringing your 4-legged friend with you on vacation. People have been walking the mountain trails with their dogs for years, and you can choose from small cabins out in the woods, surrounded by trees and nature, or somewhere closer to town—in Ruidoso, you’re never too far from a park or trail.
Cabins for Christmas vacations and ski trips
Ruidoso is a buzzing destination at Christmastime, when the town is transformed into a winter wonderland of colorful lights, with the snow-capped mountains providing a striking backdrop. It’s worth booking well in advance to secure the perfect winter retreat for your family. If you want to go out and about, just north of town you’ll find Winter Park, which specializes in snow tubing and also has several zip lines, while the Ski Apache resort is just a half-hour’s drive away.