I'm taking advantage of the hyper cheap bus ride from Alamogordo to Ruidoso, hiking the National Forest logging roads and trails behind the Inn of the Mountain Gods... 6am from the White Sands Mall... every Monday until they close the National Forest down. The bus ride takes 1.5 hours... cost is $1 (unless you're old, then it is only fifty cents!)
After the hike... enjoy the Resort and the cooler temps. The last bus heads down the mountain at 6pm. They run all day every 1.5 hours. I usually head down earlier; we do not have to return on the same bus.