Skip to main content

Flying J Ranch in Ruidoso, NM

I'm always on the lookout for new adventures to do with my family.  But, I have to admit that when the opportunity became available to explore New Mexico, I had to question what we would find.  Having only ever driven quickly through the state, I didn't know much about it except for the fact that there was a lot of desert.

Ruidoso, New Mexico has expanded my horizons - quite literally.  The beauty of this mountainous area almost makes me feel as though I'm driving through the Pacific Northwest.  The fact that it was 60 degrees (and an elevation of over 7,500') also blew my mind.

Only a couple hour drive from El Paso or Albuquerque, Ruidoso is a beautiful, mountain village that offers a lot of activities during any time of the year.  Because we were visiting in the summer, we opted to check out the Flying J Ranch - a replica of Western cowboy living.

Flying J Ranch is a dinner theater-type event that opens at 5:30pm when you can pick up tickets that you've ordered online or over the phone - or buy tickets if they're still available.  As you enter into "Bonita City", you'll want to be sure to stop to get your picture in the local jail and peruse the merchandise in the general store and sweet shop.  How can you pass up a $7 pink sequined princess tiara cowboy hat?!


Kids of all ages will enjoy the $3 pony rides and pistol shooting, plus the FREE steer-roping lessons and Deputy Training School (during which the Sheriff will inform kids that the 1st rule of being a deputy is that you must be respectful and polite - and obey your parents!).  You can relax with a cup of true chuckwagon coffee as you listen to the sounds of the resident fiddler and walk around the charming town reading about the local Mescalero Indians who still reside in the area.


Just before dinner, you and your family can enjoy an extremely lively - and entertaining - gun fight down the center of Bonita City, after which you will enjoy a fabulous chuckwagon dinner including BBQ chicken, brisket, beans, potatoes, biscuits, spice bread and more (including FREE 2nds, 3rds, or even 4ths - until the beans are gone!).  

But, this isn't it!  The dinner show includes live music entertainment from some exceptional Bluegrass and Western musicians that are sure to have everyone in the family clapping their hands and laughing right along.  With songs ranging from your traditional cowboy folk songs to a song about living in an RV, it truly is a blast.  There's even a champion yodeler in the group!



If you're traveling through New Mexico and want to provide a bit of Western culture to your and your children's lives, I highly recommend stopping at the Flying J Ranch.  You will leave there with full bellies, smiling kids, and great memories.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

I stand because I have hope

There has been so much talk and division about whether or not to stand for our national anthem.  I've had a lot of time to think about it and decided to finally weigh in with my opinion.

As a child I learned to stand and put my right hand over my heart for the playing of the national anthem.  I didn't ever really learn why.  But, as I've grown, matured, and become a part of the armed services as a military spouse, I've heard the playing of the national anthem more times than most people - and I've learned why I stand for the anthem.

Every weekday afternoon, living on an Air Force base, I hear the playing of the Star Spangled Banner over the base's loud speaker.  If I am driving my car, I pull over and wait.  If I am outside watching my children play, we all stop, turn towards where we know the flag is flying, place our hand over our heart, and listen - not moving.  We don't do this because it's required, but because of the respect that we have for our c…

Bummis Super Brite

It's been seven long years since I started this blog as a place to look for cloth diaper reviews.  In that time, my family has grown to a party of five.  For a variety of reasons, we didn't do a lot of cloth diapering with our middle child, but now #3 is here and the cloth diapers have come back out!  With so many new options for cloth diapering, I thought I'd take a look back at my original reviews and update as needed.

So, let's start with the Bummis Super Brite!  I am still a big fan of this diaper cover.  Not only does it provide excellent coverage to minimize blowouts and leaks, but it is also easy to use and stylish in it's super brite colors and new designs in Cactus, Tampa and Circus.

However, there is one point to note.  My baby #3 is not a tiny baby as my previous two children were.  He likes to eat and his size shows it.  So, as we've re-begun using cloth diapers, I've noticed that they don't all fit like they did on his siblings.  The Bummis…

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

I used to be a firm believer that technology did not have a high priority in my children's life.  But, then I realized that technology does not simply belong in the mindless entertainment category, used only to keep children busy.  No, children can learn from technology - starting at a young age.

THUP Games' Monkey Preschool Lunchbox, an app I found for my Android phone, has provided countless learning experiences for my children.  Not only are they learning colors, sizes, shapes, and more, but they're doing this through a piece of technology that will help them succeed in real life.  My children have learned how to use my smart phone through finger swipes, finding the correct "buttons" to touch in order to play this game.  This same technology is one that they will have to use in their education and, most likely, their future careers.  They are learning the fast pace at which technology changes each time they have to learn the minute changes between the differen…