Ruidoso is a mountain resort town about 1h from Alamogordo. It lies on 6.920 ft in the rugged Sierra Blanca Mountain range. You'll find a lot of nice shops and restaurants there.
If you like wintersports or hiking you should go 10 miles more up and visit the countries southernmost ski area "Ski Apache". It's owned by the Mescalero Apache Tribe. From Ski Apache you can
hike to the Sierra Blanca Peak (11.981ft), also called White Mountains, the seventh highest peak in the state. After the trip you could stop for a break at the "Inn of the Mountain Gods" to play
in the casino or enjoy a dinner with a view to the lake.
1049 Hwy 82, P.O.Box 536, High Rolls Mountain Park, New Mexico 88325