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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
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

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 Ruidoso

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


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(73 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.6849313 based on 73 reviews

Really nice and modern cabin

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was fantastic, it had everything we needed. The location of the cabin was great, it wasn't that far from where we needed to be that weekend. Beautiful area, the rooms were comfortable and the loft has plenty of space. There was a total of 8 that stayed in this cabin and we were happy with this choice of cabin.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to hear that you had a nice time with your family. Thank you for taking the time to write us about your experience, hope to see you again soon . Steve & Jane
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Overall was great.

  • 5 of 5

Cabin was super comfy and extremely convienent to stores. My boys would have liked an extra TV in the loft and WiFi. Entire cabin was clean. Overall we had a great stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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When we arrived at the cabin it was not clean

  • 2 of 5

When we arrived at The cabin is was not clean at all. There was a big pile of dirty towels thrown on the floor, there were rocks all over the loft floor and the out side needs some cleaning. I’m sure we left the house cleaner than it’s ever been.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was nice speaking to you on the evening of your arrival I’m glad we could get the cabin cleaned up for you. After you checked out we found a very nice young ladies jacket in the cabin, please let us know if we can ship it to you.
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Definitely recommend this cabin

  • 5 of 5

My family and I enjoyed a wonderful time during Christmas holiday. The place was so welcome, clean and decorated according to the season. We were sourrounded by nature and yet close to stores for our needs. We really had a wonderful vacation and plan on returning in the future. We definitely do recommend this cabin.


  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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My kids loved the view it was so beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We will be back again and again

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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My Birthdsy Get Away

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our cabin. It had everything we expected. Only thing to point out are : 3rd step toward top of stairs outside is loose ( scary walk into cabin) , our cabin was the only one not maintained outside ( overgrown grass in driveway). We didn’t have enough dish soap to wash the last load of dishes. Upstairs was a little dusty. If you have a cleaning crew, I’d find another company to maintain property. But we spent most of our time enjoying Ruidoso and our vacation was perfect. We will return to this lovely town again

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking your time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in our log home in the forest. We hope that you come again sometime and make lasting 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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.