If you're looking for a budget stay in Ruidoso, the Motel 6 (tel. 800/466-8356; www.motel6.com), on the outskirts of town has reliably clean rooms. In recent years Ruidoso has landed many other major chains including Ramada, La Quinta, Comfort Inn, and Days Inn.

Camping

Lincoln National Forest has more than a dozen campgrounds in the region; four of them are within the immediate area. The Smokey Bear Ranger Station, 901 Mechem Dr., Ruidoso (tel. 575/257-4095), is open Memorial Day to Labor Day from 7:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Saturday, and the same hours Monday through Friday the rest of the year.

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