New Mexico Road Trip Part 3: The Road To Ruidoso

I’ll be honest, I didn’t really have much of a clue what I was doing when I was planning our roadtrip. I knew I wanted to make the trek to Carlsbad to see the caverns and so I stared at a map of New Mexico and randomly plucked a town halfway between Taos and Carlsbad.  That town was Ruidoso, nestled in the forests of Lincoln County and apparently a popular vacation spot for Texans.

Getting to Ruidoso

A rather long 4.5 hour drive from Taos but we did break the journey up with lunch in Santa Fe.  The drive was beautiful and took us on some really remote, scenic roads.

What did we do in Ruidoso?

  • Entertained ourselves in the playground and walked on the easy, family friendly Ruidoso River Trail.
    Ruidoso - River Walk - Shrink
  • Took the girls on a pony ride 
  • Went to the Family Fun Park and had a laugh on the bumper cars and the go karts.
  • Spent ages roaming through Ruidoso’s many thrift stores – great bargains to be had!
  • We had planned to go to see the horse racing at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. Unfortunately we all fell asleep but I heard from a person I met later that day that it is a good time.

Where did we eat in Ruidoso?

  • The Cornerstone Cafe is brilliant.  Not only is the food delicious but they give the kids real dough to play with whilst you wait for your food.
    Ruidoso - Cornerspot Cafe - Shrink
  • The most memorable night of our holiday was the one spent at the Flying J Ranch.  Arrive at 6pm for some wild west entertainment from Sheriff school for the kids to panning for gems.  The fun is followed by a meal of cowboy favourites and old time music.
    Flying Js Ranch Collage

Where did we stay in Ruidoso?

We stayed at the Sitzmark, a motel highly recommended by Tripadvisor and now highly recommended by me.  Spacious, clean, great value for money and very cosy, especially given the ski chalet theme. Note – they don’t provide baby cots so we moved the sofa next to the bed and turned that into a makeshift bed for our two year old.


For more on our New Mexico road trip:

Part 1: Santa Fe

Part 2: Taos


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