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Nice, clean and convenient

Nice cozy little motel with friendly owners conveniently located directly at the main junction of Carrizozo. Everything you expect from a motel is there. As Carrizozo is a small community, the traffic even at the main junction is not very heavy. Two gas stations and 2 shops directly across the street, plus a good Mexican restaurant.

- Bilello, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Welcome to Rainbow Inn & GIft Shop

The Rainbow Inn rests in the heart of Carrizozo.  Its convenient location is central to many of New Mexicos scenic attractions and the Inn provides a comfortable homelike environment to road-weary travelers.  Family and pet-friendly, our dedicated staff are here to make your stay an enjoyable experience.    

The opportunities for fun and adventure in SouthEast New Mexico are endless!  

We are located near the historic town of Capitan, home of Smokey the Bear, where the legendary capture of Billy the Kid took place. Perhaps you would like to have a cocktail? Stop in at the No Scum Allowed Saloon, located inside our very own Ghost town of White Oaks.

The Valley of Fires Nature Trail is sure to bring out the adventurer inside you.  As one of the youngest lava flows in the continental US, The Valley of Fire Nature Trail offers a unique geological experience.  Hikers and Backpackers flock to the White Sands National Monument to observe the unique ecology and beautiful landscape.  Lincoln National Forest is another favorite nearby hiking and backpacking destination.  If you are interested in Archaeology, Three Rivers National Park is about 10 miles away. There are over 20,000 petroglyph images for you to enjoy.  The fishing in the area hosts German Brown and Rainbow Trout.

For avid skiers, just south of Rainbow Inn is the town of Ruidoso, home to the Apache Ski Area, and a destination hot spot for snow lovers.  Haven't had your fill? Just head a little further south on 244 to Cloudcroft, a lovely little mountain town with great skiing.  

Enjoy browsing our gift shop during your stay or check out our online gift shop at

Local Annual Events

ImageCarrizozo Music In The Parks

Carrizozo Music in the Parks host a series of family oriented music programs for adults and children in a safe and fun environment. The concerts are free to the public, thanks to the support of donations from individuals and local sponsors. We host five summer concerts and at least one concert during the winter, featuring musical genres such as blues, brass, jazz, classical and rock.  Music in the Parks is an associate of Carrizozo Works, Inc., a non-profit 501C3 organization (26-218216). For more information, call 575-648-2757.

Mescalero Feast

The last day of June into the first 3 days of July is the Coming of Age Celebration for native boys and girls.  Located on the Feast Grounds right off hwy 70 towards Ruidoso.  This 4 day long pow wow is an annual tradition that celebrates the transition from childhood into adulthood.

4th of July Fireworks Show

The Carrizozo Fire Department spares no expense during our annual 4th of July Fireworks Display.  If you've never had a mountainside view of this show, you have been missing out!  Come out and join the community for this fun filled event! 

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