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Surrounded by National Forest - Quiet Yet Only 3-Miles to Town

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 9-10)

Jane and Steve built this log cabin as a family project doing almost every bit with our bare hands. We love the peace of the great outdoors and the romantic atmosphere of a real log cabin.

We bought some land in a quiet neighborhood hidden in the Lincoln National Forest in Ruidoso, NM. Our friends already had a home in this neighborhood so we knew it was a great spot.

We then traveled to Sacramento California for a Log Home Expo and studied techniques and materials of different log suppliers. After evaluating the value and engineering of many suppliers, we chose Kuhns Bros and flew to Pennsylvania with our oldest son. Here we visited the log mill where the rough materials were kiln dried. At the mill, the log cutting was performed by young Amish, skilled in the art of handcrafting logs. The rough materials were packed onto two trucks heading off to Ruidoso. It was so exciting to be a part of the whole process when the trucks left and later when they arrived at their new home.

Well, five years and who-knows how many weekend trips later, we finally finished building. All the while, our family grew older, and ok, the boys refused to leave El Paso (and their friends) on the weekends anymore. Steve's parents helped with construction and gardening during their annual vacations West.

We are happy to share this experience with other families and hope you will all have a chance to enjoy this peaceful environment.

Keywords: Real Log Cabin opened for rental in 2010

More Details

Steve Thomson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

About Steve Thomson

Steve is an automotive engineer and Jane is a dental hygienist. Together we ran a Boy Scout troop and got to love the outdoors while our 2 sons made Eagle Scout.

Steve Thomson purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Steve Thomson chose New Mexico

We loved visiting Ruidoso for the peaceful environment, great restaurants and fresh mountain air. We decided to build our own place because it was hard for us to find a real log cabin that we could afford to rent for a weekend AND that was not in a congested area of other cabins.

What makes this cabin unique

This location is so quiet, less than a dozen cars go by in a single day. And still, it is only a 3-mile drive to all the shopping and restaurants that make Ruidoso great!


Ruidoso Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • High efficiency washer and dryer in main bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Plush pillow top
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Firm bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , 1 baby crib , 3rd bedroom is an open loft overlooking main living area.
  • Master and 2nd bedroom have Queen size Beds, Loft has 2 Double Beds and a Baby Crib. Main living area has a large comfortable sofa (can sleep 1 adult) and a pull out single sleep sofa.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(59 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.7288136 based on 59 reviews

Loved this property!!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home and truly enjoyed our stay. The owner was fabulous to work with and will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your family vacation and hope that you made great memories!
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Cabin was exactly as advertised

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was in the perfect spot just outside of the town. We had a party of 10 and there was plenty of space. Finding the cabin was fairly easy. We came in from Roswell and the directions were coming in from El Paso, but just a little thinking and you'll be alright. The only thing I can think of mentioning is we could not get the loft fans to work so it got a little warm at night. Besides that, everyone loved the place and I would recommend this cabin to others.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great vacation

  • 5 of 5

There 2 couples that shared this house for a week the last part of April. We had plenty of room and everything we needed for daily functions such cooking, sheets and towels were all provided. Had plenty of cookware to do the cooking and plenty of untensils. Tge home is log as described and beautiful. It is approximately 1.4 from hwy 48 up Alpine Village Road, which is a gravel road. Although there is a house next door and several in that area it was quiet and peaceful. We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Awesome experience. Loved the view and the seclusion. Cabin was very well stocked. Very clean, and owners are second to none. Lovely memories with my family. Thank you for letting us stay at your beautiful cabin. We'll definitely come back soon. Christian and Bertha and kids, April 16 2017

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable and spacious for the family or group of friends.

  • 5 of 5

This is the Home away from home feel while vacationing. Upon entry, the house was clean and had comfortable furniture. It was fully furnished and cozy. This home easily accommodates 8-10 and has the "log cabin" home interior. It's fully furnished and has comfortable beds for those long days outdoors. The kids had a great time outside and enjoyed watching the wildlife.

We look forward to our next trip to Ruidoso. This will be a "must stay" for our trip.

Carlos G.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that your family had a good time. It was very kind of you to take the time and write a review. As you may know my wife and I with our sons built this log cabin from the ground up by hand. It was always our hope that families would be able to enjoy the outdoors and time together, so it's great to hear that you've done exactly that!
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Perfect family getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house was a great cabin! We had two families stay and with sharing beds it was a nice fit. The house had everything we needed. We saw a ton of deer every day. They came up close and they were not scared. The campfire spot was a nice touch with seating. We enjoyed the front porch every day. Close to town but far enough away from the city to be quiet. I would stay here again for sure!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We are happy to hear that your families were able to get together and make great memories at our cabin! Sincerely, Steve and Jane
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Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
The Links at Sierra Blanca
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
48 (Mechem Drive)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Texas Club Bar and Grill
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Ski Apache
Nearest Point of Interest
Turn-in from park road
Nearest Point of Interest
Entrance To Lincoln National Forest
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Ruidoso Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Labor Day
Aug 31 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Holiday rates include 4-adult guests, non-holiday rates are for 2-adult guests. Additional adults are $10.25/night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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