An Old-Fashioned Cabin with Modern Conveniences - Built by a master carpenter in the late 1940s, Bear Den offers plenty of rustic charm, as well as modern amenities including cable TV and a fSeven’s Not a Crowd - The living room sofa opens into a bed. Add that to the three bedrooms, each with a queen-size bed, and Bear Den can sleep as many as seven guests.Knotty and Nice - The handsome wood furniture complements the knotty-pine walls and ceilings for a cozy, rustic retreat.Revel in the Surroundings - Along with a cozy front porch, Bear Den has a balcony abutting that of the next-door Big Bear cabin. If you’re vacationing with a group, rent both cabins and enjoyIs That a Deer Strolling by? - Bear Den is part of the Bear Mountain Lodge group of cabins, which in turn are part of the two-acre Apache Village enclave. Deer frequent the grounds; get readyYour Table is Ready - Bear Den is within walking distance of numerous restaurants. Should you prefer to eat in, however, you can thanks to the cabin’s kitchenette and dining table.What’s Cooking? - The kitchenette includes a full-size oven/stove and refrigerator/freezer, as well as a coffeemaker, microwave, cookware and tableware.Round-the-Clock Convenience - Even if you do eat all your meals out, you’ll appreciate being able to brew a cup of coffee, heat up leftovers or simply make popcorn anytime you want.A Sweet Retreat - Two of Bear Den’s three bedrooms are upstairs. Each includes a queen-size bed to stretch out on.Sleep Tight - Along with an air-conditioner, there’s a ceiling fan whose gentle breeze is certain to lull you to sleep.Tiptoe onto the Balcony - Bear Den’s second upstairs bedroom opens directly on the balcony. You can step outside to greet the sunrise and savor the serenity before the others are awake.Ready and Waiting - When you arrive at Bear Den the beds will be perfectly made up and plenty of clean towels will be available for both bathrooms. You’ll be able to start your vacation withPrivate Time - Enjoy quiet time kicking back in the bedroom’s armchair with a favorite beverage and a good book.Recent Updates - Bear Den has two bathrooms, one on each floor. As you can see, they’ve been updated considerably since the cabin was built in the late 1940s!There’s Nothing Like a Steamy Shower - After a day of hiking, fishing, mountain biking or horseback riding, you’ll relish a long, hot shower.Catch Up on Your Sleep - Located on the main floor, Bear Den’s third bedroom has yet another queen-size bed. You’re sure to get a great night’s sleep then wake rejuvenated and ready to make tGet Your Grill On - Whether it’s trout you reeled in from one of the nearby lakes or veggies from the market, they’ll taste even better when barbecued on Bear Den’s grill.The Gang’s All Here - The shared balcony is large enough to host a crowd. It’s also an ideal spot for ending the evening with nightcap beneath the star-studded sky.Picnic on Your Front Yard - Not only can you grill outdoors, but you can eat alfresco as well, at the picnic table in Bear Den’s front yard.Fresh Breezes and Birdsong - Bring your morning coffee out to the picnic table, take a deep breath of the pine-fragranced mountain air and listen to the hummingbirds trill and tweet. There’sWelcome to Bear Mountain Lodge - Bear Den is one of six cabins that make up Bear Mountain Lodge. If you’re traveling with a group, you can rent several—or even all—of them. They range in sizeBest of Both Worlds - Bear Den and the other cabins of Bear Mountain Lodge and Apache Village feel blissfully bucolic, but they’re actually just steps from the eateries, shops and galleries oMountains Majesty - Even when you’re shopping in downtown Ruidoso, you can’t escape the spectacular mountain views. Then again, why would you want to?So Convenient - The Ruidoso Convention Center, the Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs and Casino Apache are among the attractions less than 15 minutes from Bear Den.Lakeside Pleasures - When you’re not fishing, canoeing or kayaking on nearby Grindstone Lake, you can explore the surrounding trails on foot, mountain bike or horseback or play disc golf.Year-Round Splendor - Skiing and snow tubing in winter, biking and fishing in spring and summer, hiking, shopping and trips to the casino year-round: It’s always a great time to visit RuidosoHit the Links - Cree Meadows and the Links at Sierra Blanca are just two of the golf courses only minutes from Bear Den.Nature’s Soundtrack - The sound of the Rio Ruidoso rolling over the rocks is an idyllic backdrop to lazy strolls and picnics.See and Ski - Not only can you admire the mountains, but you can also schuss down them: Bear Den is less than 40 minutes from Ski Apache, New Mexico’s southernmost ski area.Peak Perfection - Standing more than 12,000 feet over Ruidoso, Sierra Blanca Peak makes an idyllic background for selfies.Something for Everyone - When you’re not golfing, fishing, biking, hiking or skiing, you can drive out to Fort Stanton, just a half-hour away. It includes a history museum and a 31-mile-longSierra Blanca Peak - Standing 12,000 feet over Ruidoso, Sierra Blanca towers majestically over the entire area and provides great views from all angles.Local Wildlife - Don't be surprised if you come in contact with local wildlife during your stay in Ruidoso. They're so friendly!Alto Lake - Stocked with rainbow trout and occasionally catfish, Alto Lake is the perfect choice for nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts and don't forget your cameras because Alto Lake is kShop til' You Drop - A vacation isn't complete without purchasing memory-filled souvenirs, so slip on your best walking shoes and head into town to explore genuine hand-made crafts, jewelry,Feeling Lucky? - Stop by the casino and cash out big!Get In the Loop - Stop by the visitor center and plan out your whole vacation with stuff to do in the area.Ready, Set, Go - The racetrack is always a great attraction when visiting Ruidoso.

Bear Den


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Charming cabin w. modern upgrades, gas grills, porches
3 BR | 1 Full Bath | Sleeps 7 | Community View
Ruidoso, NM


Property type
Wooded View View
In Town Proximity
Wireless Internet Amenity

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Bear Den is a true rustic log cabin. Built of knotty pine in the late 1940s by an experienced carpenter, it is surrounded by towering Ponderosa pines. One of six cabins that make up Bear Mountain Lodge, it is also part of the two-acre Apache Village enclav...
Bear Den is a true rustic log cabin. Built of knotty pine in the late 1940s by an experienced carpenter, it is surrounded by towering Ponderosa pines. One of six cabins that make up Bear Mountain Lodge, it is also part of the two-acre Apache Village enclave. Deer are a common sight; the trilling of hummingbirds makes a delightful soundtrack during the day and owls take up the music duties at night. Toss in the occasional elk herd and wild turkey, wrap it all up in pine-fragranced mountain breezes and you have the perfect opportunity to be at one with Mother Nature.

The cabin itself is as charming as you’d expect a vintage cabin to be, with knotty-pine walls, floors and ceilings as well as a small but delightful covered front porch. Of course, a myriad of updates have been made to the property since it was built. For starters, the two bathrooms—one on each floor—include handsome tiling and thoroughly modern showers. There’s a wall-mounted flat-screen TV with cable you can watch in the living/dining area, rooms have air-conditioning as well as ceiling fans and the kitchenette includes a refrigerator/freezer, oven/stove, coffeemaker and microwave.

You can also cook and dine alfresco. Bear Den has two gas grills, one on its front porch and a second on the upper balcony. Whether it’s trout reeled in from one of the lakes or steaks from the grocery store, they’ll taste even better when barbecued outdoors and savored at the picnic table in the front yard. Or perhaps you want to join forces with the guests staying at Big Bear cabin next door, since Bear Den’s balcony adjoins that of Big Bear. If you’re vacationing with a group, why not rent both cabins? Of the four Bear Mountain Lodge cabins, Bear Den and Big Bear each have three bedrooms; Dancing Bear and Sleeping Bear each have two bedrooms.

One of Bear Den’s upstairs bedrooms opens directly onto the balcony. You’ll be able to step outside for late-night stargazing without waking the others. There’s a second bedroom upstairs as well, with the third on the main floor. All three feature queen-size beds. In addition, the living room couch opens into a twin bed, so that Bear Den can sleep seven guests in all. When you arrive, you’ll find the beds already made up, plenty of towels for the bathroom and extra bedding ready and waiting. If you need a nap or a shower after your travels, you can enjoy one right away.

Bear Den is within walking distance of everything from supermarkets to bars. The Ranchers Steak & Seafood Restaurant and Grill Caliente are just a sampling of the restaurants you can stroll to in just a few minutes. What’s more, you can drive to Grindstone Lake in five minutes and Alto and Mescalero Lakes in 10, all three of which are regularly stocked with trout or catfish. A number of golf courses, including Links at Sierra Blanca, are equally close. The Hubbard Museum of the American West is only 15 minutes away, historic Fort Stanton a half-hour and Ski Apache less than a 40-minute drive. Bear Den is an ideal location for making the most of everything Ruidoso has to offer.

Conveniently located, uniquely charming and wonderfully affordable, Bear Den is an ideal home away from home while you’re visiting Ruidoso. Don’t miss out: Book your stay today.

Please remember that Ruidoso is a mountain town with snow and icy conditions during the winter. This can affect driving and parking conditions regardless of the property, driveway, or roads. 4x4 or chains may be necessary to access the house during winter months.

If you are trying to book within 48 hours of arrival please call 575-258-5200 during business hours to make any last minute reservations.

Maximum 2 vehicles.


Wooded View
In Town
Property Features
Air Conditioning
Wireless Internet
No/Limited Air Conditioning
TV (s)
Grill - Gas
Laptop Friendly
No Smoking or Vaping Allowed
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Smoke Detector
Linens Provided
Private Entrance
Fire Extinguisher
Coffee Maker
Dishes and Utensils
Full Kitchen
Bath Towels Provided
Parking /Access- 4WD Required for Winter
Parking/Access - 4WD Recommended for Winter
Resort/Shared Amenities
Community Grill-Gas
Nearby Activities
Fishing - Fly
Golf Course(s)
Kayaking Rentals
Miniature Golf
Outlet Shops
Health Beauty Spa
Horse Race Track
Snow Skiing
Winery Tours
Medical Services

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Check-In: 4:00 PM

Check-Out: 11:00 AM

Minimum age to rent: 25

Pet policy: No Pets Allowed

  • Within 45 days of arrival, 100% is due at the time of booking.
  • 46+ days prior to arrival, $300 is due at the time of booking if the total is less than $4000.
  • 46+ days prior to arrival, $1000 is due at the time of booking if the total is more than $4000.
  • After 48 hours of booking, if canceled, or in case of no-show, the total amount of the reservation will be charged.