Welcome to The Painted Horse Retreat – Enjoy the view of towering Ponderosa pines, wide-open skies and the distant Sierra Blancas from your own hot tub!Soak in the Spa – Finish a day of hiking or skiing with a long, hot soak in the outdoor hot tub. You and your friends can enjoy a drink while you soak and drink in the scent of the nearby pines!Great Views from Sunrise to Sunset – You’ll spend hours on the deck enjoying breathtaking views, whether you’re having your morning coffee or an evening nightcap.Feast Your Senses – Treat your eyes to incredible views, your ears to soothing birdsong and your nose to fresh, pine-scented air!Mountain Retreat – Nestled among towering Ponderosa pines, the Painted House Retreat is also conveniently close to the best hiking, golfing and skiing the area has to offer.Plenty of Parking – There’s room for multiple vehicles when you stay at The Painted Horse Retreat.Come and Sit a Spell! – With so many lovely places to relax outdoors, you’ll find a spot to suit your every mood.You’ll Feel Right at Home – This peaceful haven in the midst of nature's incredible beauty is the ideal home base for your Southwestern vacation.Southwestern Style – The Painted Horse Retreat takes log cabin living to a new level. With wood floors, a viga-beamed ceiling with fan, a stacked stone fireplace and leather seating, the living area is combines rustic with elegant.Perfect Living Space – Full of rustic comfort, the living area is perfect, with sumptuous seating, a stacked-stone fireplace, large TV, views of the woods from the large windows, and plenty of natural light.Family Style – The delightful dining table has room for your whole gang to bond over a family meal or board game.Breakfast Nook – Wake up to a great view while you enjoy breakfast and your morning coffee in this cozy nook.Pull Up a Stool! – The cozy breakfast bar is a great place to hang out while you chat with the chef, enjoy a morning cup of coffee, or surf the web.Compact and Convenient – The kitchen has plenty of workspace plus all the major appliances and is fully stocked with everything you’ll need (including a coffeemaker).Get in Touch with Your Inner Chef – No need to bring a thing…the stylish gourmet kitchen has every appliance and kitchen item you could wish for.Stainless Style – Whether you want to whip up a pancake breakfast or try your hand at fajitas, this kitchen has what you need. There’s even a blender for frozen cocktails!Outdoor Dining Room – There’s no more charming dining room than this patio set on the deck with a view of the mountains!Fire Up the Grill – Throw a cookout with all that fish you caught in one of the nearby mountain streams! The propane grill is ready and waiting.Private Deck – Count the stars or watch the wildlife wander by from the spacious, comfortably furnished deck.Under Cover – Take refuge from the abundant sunshine on the spacious covered deck.Primary Suite - Spacious and gorgeously decorated, the primary bedroom ensures that you’ll enjoy a wonderful night’s sleep.Side by Side - Two full sinks and plenty of countertop space means everyone has room for toiletries without being cramped.All The Comforts of Home! - We provide you with bath towels for your use. We want you to feel at home when you stay at The Painted Horse Retreat.At Your Service - You’ll arrive to find the bed beautifully made up and freshly laundered towels waiting, so you can kick off your vacation with a shower and a nap—just the thing after a day of travel.Second Bedroom - The second bedroom is a welcome retreat for a second couple or any children who may accompany you to The Painted Horse Retreat.Late Night TV - Can’t sleep? No problem. Just turn on some late night TV and you’ll be drifting off to dreamland in no time.Multiple Bathrooms - With multiple bathrooms, you can get ready on your own time without the hassle of fighting over the shower.Traveling with a Large Group? – The third bedroom is perfect for any kids or additional couples who might be traveling with you thanks to two full-sized beds.Linens Provided – All three bedrooms feature beautifully made-up beds, and all three bathrooms are well-furnished with plenty of fresh, fluffy towels.Private TV Time – Relax in bed while catching up on your favorite shows! More TVs means more choices for everyone.A Hot Shower Awaits - Whether you spent the day hitting up the casino or the ski slopes, a long hot shower awaits you at the end of an enjoyable day in the mountains!Finish the day with a Relaxing Shower – There’s nothing like a steamy shower for relaxing tired muscles after a day of hiking!Up for some Friendly Competition? – The downstairs game room’s pool table is sure to be a favorite with the whole group!Bonus Room – The downstairs game room offers hours of rainy-day entertainment (not there are many of those in New Mexico) and serves as a great place to relax and catch up with your group.A Perfect Kids’ Hangout – The second living area downstairs is a great place for the kids to retreat and watch a movie or play a game.Pack Light – A laundry room with washer and dryer lets you leave room in your luggage for souvenirs. No need to scout out a Laundromat!Made in the Shade – If you need a break from New Mexico’s 300+ days of sunshine, the under-deck patio will let you enjoy the great outdoors while staying under cover.Soothing Surroundings – Nestled amongst towering Ponderosa pines, this comfortable vacation home will instill in you a sense of peace before you even leave your car.Mountain Living – Cameras can’t do the amazing scenery justice. You need to be here to drink it in for yourself to experience it fully, so book your stay today!Prepare to be Pampered – You’ll be charmed by all the extras The Painted Horse Retreat has to offer!

The Painted Horse Retreat


4.56/5 (28)


4.56/5 | 28 reviews

Though The Painted Horse Retreat is nestled among towering Ponderosa pines, it’s hardly your typical cabin in the woods. The three-bedroom home is furnished in beautiful contemporary fashion and includes all sorts of modern conveniences, including an outdoor hot tub, two decks with rocking chairs, HDTV and free Wi-Fi.

When you drive up to Painted Horse Retreat, the first thing you’ll notice is the bucolic setting. The home is surrounded by woodland. The second thing you’ll notice is the large upper deck with rocking chairs to take in the mountain views. If you reel in any fish from trout-stocked Alto or Grindstone Lake—each of which is about 10 minutes away—you can cook them out here on the gas grill before savoring them among the pine-fragranced mountain breezes. Perhaps most pampering of all is the hot tub. When you return from a day of hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding, a soak among its massaging jets of water will soon have your tired muscles feeling as good as new.

The interior of The Painted Horse Retreat is no less inviting. With a plush sofa, roomy armchairs and elegant decor, the living room lets you unwind in comfort and style. There’s a game room as well, where the whole gang can kick back on the loveseat and bar stools to watch a movie on the flat-screen TV. The game room is also equipped with a pool table and tons of games and puzzles, making it the perfect room to hang out in and play with the kids, surf the web or relax. If you're eager to stay in the outdoors, the game room has an exterior door that leads out to a beautiful stone walk way, taking you directly to the hot tub with a shaded seating area, all with a beautiful view of the mountains

When it’s too chilly to eat out on the deck, take your meals indoors at the dining table, that seats eight with elbow room to spare. There is laos another table in the same area that seats 2, along with a breakfast bar that seats two. Just off the dining room is the kitchen. Its sparkling stainless-steel appliances and wealth of cookware and tableware might have you eager to get cooking. If not, there are numerous nearby restaurants serving everything from steak to enchiladas to pizza.

Painted Horse Retreat’s three bedrooms ensure that everyone gets a great night’s sleep. The primary suite includes a sumptuous king-size bed and has its own private bathroom. With a king-sized bed, the second bedroom is nearly as luxurious. The two upstairs bedrooms each has their own ceiling fans. The third bedroom, with a pair of double beds, is perfect for the kids. Each bedroom has its own flat-screen TV for nights when all you want to do is relax! There is even a queen sleeper sofa bed for 2 more guests.

When you arrive at The Painted Horse Retreat the beds will be beautifully made up and you’ll find more than enough clean towels for the bathrooms—no need to bring your own. In fact, you can pack especially light, as the house has its own washer and dryer.

With room to park four, there is plenty of space available to whoever might join you. Painted Horse Retreat is close to myriad attractions. Nearby Alto and Grindstone Lakes are surrounded by numerous trails for hiking, mountain-biking, and horseback riding. Just a bit farther are the Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs horse track and the Inn of the Mountain Gods and Billy the Kid casinos. Downtown Ruidoso, known for its art galleries and artisan shops, is just a 10-minute drive from The Painted Horse Retreat, and Ski Apache is little more than a half-hour away.

Because there’s so much to see and do nearby, you’ll never be bored. But after an action-packed day, you’ll relish returning to the serenity, comfort, and ease of Painted Horse Retreat. Experience its pleasures for yourself; book your stay today.

Please Note: Because Ruidoso is a mountain town that gets its share of snow and ice in winter, a vehicle with four-wheel drive or tire chains is recommended in winter.

3 BR | 3 Full Baths | Sleeps 10 | Mountain View

Ruidoso, NM


Property type

Mountain View


In Town


Hot Tub - Private


Where you'll be


Surrounded by towering Ponderosa pines, The Painted Horse Retreat brings you one step closer to paradise! Combining luxury with rustic charm, this peaceful three-bedroom, three-bathroom mountain retreat is located right in the middle of an area that's load...
Surrounded by towering Ponderosa pines, The Painted Horse Retreat brings you one step closer to paradise! Combining luxury with rustic charm, this peaceful three-bedroom, three-bathroom mountain retreat is located right in the middle of an area that's loaded with opportunities for nature lovers, from hitting the slopes at nearby Ski Apache to fishing, hiking, biking, or horseback riding in Alto Lake and Recreation Area. Just a short drive away, the Inn of the Mountain Gods casino resort offers endless options for entertainment, while Ruidoso Downs Racetrack features horse racing during the summer months. Ruidoso Winter Park offers snow tubing in the winter months and zip-lining year-round. For the golf enthusiast, the Links at Sierra Blanca is practically in your backyard. And less than half an hour away, Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area, the Hubbard Museum of the American West, the art galleries and artisan shops of Sudderth Drive, and Grindstone Lake and Trail System offer even more fun diversions.

On the outside, The Painted Horse Retreat is a rustic mountain home, but inside is a haven of comfort and style. With wood floors, viga-beamed ceilings, lots of light, and luxurious little touches everywhere, this mountain retreat is anything but rustic! After a day's adventuring, curl up by the fire on the comfortable leather living room furniture to enjoy a movie on the smart cable HDTV, or make your friends jealous by posting amazing photos courtesy of the free Wi-Fi. The kitchen features a breakfast bar, abundant workspace, full-sized appliances and everything you need to whip up anything from a simple snack to a lavish brunch. Gather at the dining table for a family meal or board game or, if grilling is more your thing, the spacious, covered deck is the perfect place to do it, thanks to a gas grill and plenty of seating from which you can relax and enjoy the wooded view.

With room to sleep 10, The Painted Horse Retreat’s three comfortable bedrooms feature every comfort, including luxuriously made-up beds (a king-size bed in bedrooms one and two and two full-size beds in bedroom three), nightstands with reading lamps and ceiling fans. All three bedrooms house flat-screen HDTVs and easy access to en suite bathrooms well supplied with plenty of fresh towels. Plus, the cozy basement game room offers hours of diversion with comfortable seating, another TV and seating area, and a pool table. Challenge your friends to a friendly game of pool; afterwards, winners and losers alike can retire to the outdoor hot tub for a long soak under the stars!

With something for everyone, The Painted Horse Retreat is the perfect place to experience everything New Mexico has to offer…reserve your spot today!

There is a fenced in yard for your four legged friend. Pets Allowed. Note: During winter months a four wheel drive or chains on a two wheel drive may be required.

Where you'll sleep

1st Bedroom
King Bed
2nd Bedroom
King Bed
3rd Bedroom
Double Double
Living Room
Sofa Sleeper


Mountain View
In Town
Hot Tub - Private
Property Features
TV (s)
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Smoke Detector
Linens Provided
Private Entrance
Fire Extinguisher
Air Conditioning
Wireless Internet
Washing Machine
Grill - Gas
Living Room
No Smoking or Vaping Allowed
Iron & Ironing Board
Pet Friendly
Dining Area
Hot Water
Dishes and Utensils
Full Kitchen
Coffee Maker
Bath Towels Provided
Parking /Access- 4WD Required for Winter
Parking/Access - 4WD Recommended for Winter
Resort/Shared Amenities
Putting Green(s)
Nearby Activities
Fishing - Fly
Kayaking Rentals
Medical Services
Golf Course(s)
Miniature Golf
Outlet Shops
Horse Race Track
Snow Skiing
Winery Tours
Health Beauty Spa


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Gabriel S.
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Love it

Gary C.
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I tell everyone the folks in Ruidoso are awesome. So helpful and accommodating. Great properties to choose from

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Important things to know



Check-In: 4:00 PM

Check-Out: 11:00 AM

Minimum age to rent: 25

Pet policy: No Pets Allowed

  • 46+ Days Prior to Arrival, $1000 is due at the time of Booking if the total is more than $4000.
  • 46+ Days Prior to Arrival, $300 is due at the time of Booking if the total is less than $1000.
  • Within 45 Days Prior to Arrival, 100% is due at the time of Booking.
  • Arrival window within 14 days or less, all payments are non-refundable.
  • Arrival window within 15 to 30 days, a partial refund of 50% will be provided.
  • Arrival window is within 31 days or more, all advanced payments will be refunded.