Girl Vacation Getaways: Ruidoso, New Mexico

Girl vacation getaways in “The Land of Enchantment”  should start with Ruidoso. Whether it is spring, summer, fall, or winter, Ruidoso offers many options for a cheap weekend getaway or a more extravagant week long girl vacation.  Accommodations can be lavish or rustic, from lodges and condos to cabins and campsites. There are numerous opportunities for fun and adventure in the outlying areas around Ruidoso too. White Sands National Monument, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, and Cloudcroft are just a few of the day trips around Ruidoso you might enjoy.

Hiking, biking, fishing, and camping, as well as snow skiing and horse racing are just a few of the many options open to you.  You can also visit museums, attend the theater,  and go shopping. The Spencer Theatre for the Performing Arts is a beautiful facility featuring lots of hand blown glass and would be worth your while to either take the free tour or to enjoy a show there. Programming includes Broadway, ballet, pop, country, classical musicals, etc. It is located in nearby Alto. Another entertainment option is Mountain Annie’s, which offers a live dinner theatre. Numerous art studios are also in the area, offering a variety of mediums.

Some  people prefer the spring for the laid back atmosphere and the mild weather. If it is sightseeing you want, you can go driving in the mountains, hike in Lincoln National Forest, drive up to Inn of the Mountain Gods and go for a leisurely stroll, or drive up the ski run road for breathtaking views.

The summer is famous for its horse racing at Ruidoso Downs near Ruidoso. The Ruidoso Downs Racetrack presents the world’s richest Quarter Horse race with a $2 million purse on Labor Day weekend. Don’t miss dinner at the Flying J Ranch, which offers chuck wagon suppers featuring real cowboy fixin’s and a western stage show packed with talent every night but Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The beautiful fall foliage makes the drive to Ruidoso worthwhile. AspenFest is held annually in October. The festival hosts family friendly events such as a chili cookoff, car show, craft fair, and a parade. There are also numerous golf courses in the Ruidoso area.

Winter Wonderland is the perfect description of these majestic mountains when the snow falls. This brings the crowds to ski the slopes at Sierra Blanca.  The annual Festival of Lights adds to the winter charm as well.

The next time you are planning one of your girl vacation getaways and need some getaway weekend ideas, look no further than Ruidoso, New Mexico. Regardless of when you go, there is something to entertain everyone in your party.

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