Where to stay in Ruidoso, NM? A Guide from a Local Explorer

So, you have done your research and realized that Ruidoso, New Mexico is the-place-to-go this winter.
You are planning to visit Ski Apache, take awesome pictures at Sierra Blanca Peak (weather and health permitting), shop for souvenirs at Tanner Tradition and have lunch at Rachel’s; one of the best restaurants in Ruidoso.
Awesome, but… where are you staying?

How to Find Fossils in New Mexico…

I was looking at him, through the glass, working on a fossil with a couple of sharp tools, and a magnifying glass. He was focused, but noticed me staring. I smiled. He also smiled and then came out to see me.

“My name is Bob Nichols… there’s no other place I’d ever live.”

When I first saw Bob Nichols, he was browsing through some of the things at this local shop. He was quiet, minding his own business. I could see his eyes being aware of his surroundings, but he himself (it seemed to me) only making the absolute, necessary moves.
The word “dignity” is what immediately comes to mind.

The little things at the public library…

“Sometimes the feeling I get from just walking inside the library is that, at any minute, some friendly face is going to walk up to me with a tray of cookies and milk and ask for me to sit down and just chat. It could be, as the kids who volunteer and spend time at the library are so warm, friendly, and happy. They are Tularosa’s kids.”

Valley of Fires; Carrizozo, New Mexico.

We camped here once before and the experience was exhilarating. The darkness, the sounds of the wild, and a feeling of being so close to nature; it could bite me. Glow sticks, finger flash lights, and dinner by the fire made for great family time. This was my first time making biscuits in a Dutch oven covered with embers. I felt like a real camper!

Petroglyphs; Sun, Wind, and Inner Peace.

The Spirit won’t admit your problems, and worries. It won’t allow distractions, and lack of commitment. It requires your full focus, and undivided attention. It needs a “dialing tone” in order to make a connection. The petroglyphs at Three Rivers testify that the connection can be made.