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

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 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.
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 ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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 -
(52 traveler reviews)

Surrounded by National Forest - Quiet Yet Only 3-Miles to Town
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 52 reviews

The size and layout of the cabin is nice. It was nice for 8 people.

  • 2 of 5

We stayed in this cabin over Thanksgiving break. The cabin is in a great area. When we arrived at the cabin, it had not been cleaned. I messaged the owner and he sent someone to clean it. However, it was a huge expense for our party of 8 to eat out while the cabin was being cleaned. Eating out was not something we planned on, as we brought plenty of groceries for our entire 4 night stay. After being there for a day, we realized there were no extra trash bags and only 1 extra roll of toilet paper. Another inconvenience! The owner offered a $60 credit for our trouble- this was also disappointing. I still have not seen this credit on my credit card.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that the cabin fit your group well and you had a nice time. Jane and I try our best to make everyone's visit special so we were quite embarrassed that it was not 100% ready upon your arrival. Fortunately our cleaning crew was nearby and corrected the situation quickly. We hope that you made great memories on your family vacation and come back again someday. Sincerely, Steve and Jane
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Plenty of room with beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time at this cabin!! The cabin was nice and clean and had plenty of room. We would definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice property and enjoyed overall stay

  • 3 of 5

Nice property and stay. The only complaint is that property was not clean on arrival. We called owner and cleaning crew arrived in 2 hours.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kent, WA

Nice cabin, comfortable overall, nice porch to sit and enjoy, inside and kitchen good

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the cabin. The location was great. The overall stay was really good and all of use (4 adults) found the place comfortable and pleasing. It was cozy and the kitchen and appliances were good. We spent much time on the deck and found it comfortable and relaxing. Overall we were very happy with the cabin, the value we got for what we paid and would recommend it to others. The cabin was out far enough so there was little traffic but there still was some road noise on the deck when a vehicle passed by. We had an issue finding the fan control the first day and found it the second day on a picture frame on the wall and so the first night was a little warm in the loft. The loft window did not have a screen so we could not open the window in the loft at night. The second night was comfortable as the fans did a good job cooling the cabin. The owner was very responsive to emails and responded very timely to respond up to time we arrived. The rule of no shoes seemed confining at first but we had no problem going with no shoes inside. My brother brought some paper slippers for all of us and it was not that bad. We did not have Wi-Fi so we texted and used phones for internet while at the cabin. The cabin did not have Wi-Fi but our other part of the party had a cabin that did so those that needed it had a way to do what they needed. As of this writing I have not confirmed any other fees and we left the cabin cleaner than when we arrived less bedding/bathroom laundry. Again, I think this is a nice place to stay and recommend it to others if you do not require Wi-Fi.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for leaving a nice review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. There will not be any new fees. Steve and Jane
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Beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

Nice house with an open floor plan. Enjoyed the deer coming into the yard. Located in a quite area. Would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing time in Ruidoso

  • 5 of 5

My family had a great time in this beautiful cabin. The internal space and distribution is perfect to get nice gatherings. My kids really enjoyed the deers around the cabin even staying close to them. It is close to the town and everything you need to get a great time. Steve nicely provided us good recommendations about the local attractions. We would love to be back soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. We are very happy that your family had time together making good memories. 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
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 13 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Spring part 2
Apr 17 2017 - May 11 2017
2 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 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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