Road Trip From Rita Ranch to Ruidoso

When you think of road trips you can take from Tucson, Ruidoso might not be the first one that comes to mind. This small town is buried in the New Mexico mountains about a six hour drive (or less depending on traffic) from Rita Ranch. Although it’s not well-known, it’s one worth adding to your list of potential get aways.

With summer right around the corner, Ruidoso is particularly enticing. Because it’s in the mountains, the temperatures are much cooler than here in Arizona. Getting there is easy too. Follow I-10 to Las Cruces, then take US-70 E to Ruidoso.

Where to Stay

Ruidoso is unique. There aren’t many chain hotels for you to choose from. When you’re looking for a place to stay, it’s a good idea to consider the size of your group. If you have more than six people, renting a cabin is often the better option. You can cook your own meals instead of spending a lot dining out and you get your own space to relax and unwind.

Plan ahead, though! Cabins in Ruidoso fill up quickly, especially if you’re going during the high tourist seasons, such as the summer or around Christmas.

If a resort is more your style, be sure to check out Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Inn of the Mountain Gods

The Inn of the Mountain Gods resort is one of the most popular in the area. The views from the resort are stunning and worth a visit, even if you don’t decide to stay here. The events they hold year round attract some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. There’s usually a show going on so be sure to check their website for the line up. If gambling is your thing, the slot machines and tables are worth making the short drive over to the resort too.

In other words, there’s always something happening at this exciting resort!

Ruidoso Downs

Ruidoso is best known for the Ruidoso Downs. This is a race track where horses still run and gambling is still in full swing. There are many events to keep the entire family busy. In the summer, you can watch live quarter horse and thoroughbred racing every weekend. Otherwise simulcast wagering and slot machines are available year round.

Ski Apache

No matter what time of year you’re going, the Ski Apache resort has something adventurous to get your blood pumping.

In the summer months, you can take a zip tour of the mountain. There are also plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails to enjoy. In the winter, put on your skis or snowboard and hit the slopes. The powder is usually the freshest in December and January.

Walk the Shops

If you’re more interested in shopping than gambling, shows or adventure, head to downtown Ruidoso. Here, you can walk blocks of boutique shops filled with everything from wines and candles to clothes. Careful. There are so many shops here that you can find yourself getting lost in them all. It’s a good idea to make a budget for yourself ahead of time or have a plan for what you want to bring home with you from Ruidoso.

In Ruidoso, there’s something for everyone. Have you ever been to this small town? Share your experiences with us on our Facebook page.

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