A 2.5 hour drive up from El Paso. Ruidoso is a great getaway from the many desert miles. Clean with a host of great shops.
They've really done a great job with Inn of the Mountain Gods (10 minutes from Ruidoso). The casino has been updated and surprising at how large it is. Hotel is a great getaway/relaxing place.
Check out Cloudcroft, NM to or from also!