A child’s imagination is a wondrous place, informed by history, but unfettered by reality and free to roam through time. When you were a child, what was your favorite make-believe game? Were you a free-spirited cowboy roaming the Wild West? The country stores and mountain ranges of Ruidoso, New Mexico will look like your childhood dreams come to life.
"The Old West is not a certain place in a certain time; it’s a state of mind. It’s whatever you want it to be." Your inner child certainly agrees with Wild West film star Tom Mix. It’s time to indulge him or her with a trip to Ruidoso.
Another famous cattle rustler opined "The cowboy goes to the school of nature." Had Will James awoken at Ruidoso hotels one morning, he surely would have taken a horseback ride to the peaks and valleys west of town. You’ll take the reins of Ruidoso rental cars rather than a horse, but the destination is the same. From the peak of Lookout Mountain, survey your lands, then scout for proper hideaways for your gold…or perhaps just take a few snapshots for your scrap book.
Speaking of hideaways, the legend of Billy the Kid took shape in these parts in the 1870s. The real rifles and shiny sheriff’s badges at the Ruidoso River Museum will bring to life your childhood fantasies. Better yet, book hotels in Ruidoso, NM for the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium during the second week of October and immerse yourself in cowboy culture: campfire storytelling with a harmonica and banjo soundtrack and the mouthwatering smells of chuck wagon meals.
Cowboys and wanderers have much in common. Travelocity’s fantastic selection of cheap hotels in Ruidoso, NM will satisfy both, and leave you plenty of gold coins in the process. Feel like roaming even farther? Just 180 miles north, Albuquerque hotelsw are the perfect place for you to kick off those boots and tie up for the night. We won’t tell your inner outlaw how plush these pillows are.
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