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High Country Lodge

859 State Highway 48 PO Box 137, Alto, NM 88312-9502
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  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
Updated 07/03/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/03/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


Each of our thirty-two cabins at High Country Lodge are nestled among five acres of tall pine trees and within walking distance to Alto Lake. Our cabins feature a real wood burning fireplace, two bedrooms with queen beds, a living room with a hide-a-bed couch, a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, HD cable television, free high-speed wireless internet, central heat, air-conditioning and a large porch. Also enjoy the recreation of our indoor heated pool, hot tub, game room, and tennis court. High Country Lodge is the closest accommodations to Ski Apache and is conveniently located near Ruidoso Downs horse racing track, casino gaming, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, golf and many more outdoor adventures.
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859 State Highway 48 PO Box 137, Alto, NM 88312-9502
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nicolebagley29 wrote a review Jul 2020
Leander, Texas19 contributions10 helpful votes
We ended up arriving in Ruidoso early for a week stay. We needed a place for just a night. We definitely were not disappointed in this place. Doesn’t look Like much from the outside but the front desk was extremely welcoming and friendly. It is definitely older but super clean. Extremely comfortable bed and pillows. There was a awesome game room for our kids to play with arcade games, pool table and foosball. Outside was a playground, basketball hoop, tennis courts and indoor pool ( unfortunately the pool was closed because of Covid). It was also directly across the street from Alto lake and walking distance to a Shell gas station. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Dinah C wrote a review Feb 2019
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Wonderful new owners are improving this property continuously! Cool old school cabins with a fire place and kitchen. GREAT game room and indoor heated pool are connected to a deck with grills. Tennis, basketball and volleyball! Super reasonable rates....all just walking distance to the tubing place and 15 miles from Ski Apache. We had a great time and are thinking this would be a great family reunion location or large group of friends and their families!
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from daniel c, Public Relations Manager at High Country Lodge
Responded Feb 17, 2019
Dinah C, it is a pleasure having you in house! We can’t wait to see you all again! Thank you for taking your time to write a review!
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Methvinium wrote a review Dec 2018
13 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a very relaxing two-night stay at High Country Lodge. It's very cozy and a bit rustic. The cabin had two bedrooms with a queen sized bed in each room, as well as a fold-out sofa-bed in the living room. The beds were very comfortable.There was a wood burning fireplace and it was really nice to have a roaring fire going. They give you the first bundle of wood, but after that you have to purchase additional bundles. The cabin also had a full kitchen which was great to be able to make our own meals and snacks while we were enjoying the nearby tubing. The kitchen is stocked pretty well, but if you're cooking or using the kitchen it's a good idea to bring dish soap and other amenities. They don't stock shampoo or much else for the bathroom either so it's good to bring that along as well. Overall it was really quite and relaxing and the staff there was very friendly and accommodating. I would not hesitate to stay again.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from daniel c, General Manager at High Country Lodge
Responded Dec 12, 2018
Marc it was great to have you with us and hope to see you again soon. Our apologies that you did not have dish soap as you should have. The lodge is under new ownership and we are working to enhance our guest experience and you taking your time to write a review is greatly appreciated. Please visit again soon as we would love to have you back.
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BRippy wrote a review Nov 2018
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When we travel we prefer to stay in cabins instead of hotels when possible, we just like the rustic feel of them. We chose a premium cabin at the HIGH COUNTRY LODGE in Alto, NM for this trip. Most of the time we travel with our dog and there was plenty of room for her to enjoy daily walks. It was was very clean and had plenty of room. The fireplace gave the cabin a nice cozy feel and had everything we needed. EXCELLENT WiFi was also available. The owners were available on site while we were there and were an excellent source of information for suggestions of places to visit around Alto and Ruidoso. We decided to eat out for most of our meals on this trip and there are plenty of excellent restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner within minutes of the lodge. We visited SKI APACHE, MOUNTAIN OF THE GODS CASINO AND MONJEAU LOOKOUT and enjoyed a full day shopping in MIDTOWN RUIDOSO. I love to take pictures, was able to capture some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife pics around the lodge and on our trip up the mountains. We have already made plans for our next trip to the lodge and to bring the entire family!!!
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Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from daniel c, Guest Relations Manager at High Country Lodge
Responded Nov 12, 2018
Thank you so much for taking your time to write a review. It is very important for us to know how our valued guests enjoyed their experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to High Country Lodge!
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jjpayables wrote a review Oct 2018
Eustace, Texas1 contribution
We stayed for a few days cabin was clean and plenty of room the kitchen had everything we needed for cooking. We loved the pool area and hot tub. There is also i nice size game room with pool table and other fun games there. We spent our 20 year anniversary there. It is right at the edge of the forrest. We saw wild horse and elk right out side the bedroom window at sun rise they were there just grazing it was beautiful we will go again as soon as we can. Also we saw deer all over town...
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Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: We liked the room close to the end. it was at the base of the mountain, we could see lots of...
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Response from Daniel C, Owner at High Country Lodge
Responded Oct 13, 2018
Thank you for taking the time to write a review as they are very important to us. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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Frequently Asked Questions about High Country Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to High Country Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Flying J Ranch (1.4 miles), Grindstone Lake Trail (5.0 miles), and Ruidoso Winter Park (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at High Country Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at High Country Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at High Country Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to High Country Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hall of Flame Burgers, Village Buttery, and Cornerstone Bakery Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at High Country Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool during their stay.
Is High Country Lodge located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Alto.
Are pets allowed at High Country Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.