We travel fairly often to camp in the Lincoln NF in Cloudcroft (except this season as drought has closed the NF) and less frequently to the Ruidoso area. Only about 90 miles from the house to Cloudcroft.
I am not quite sure what you would like to know, but the roads are all in good shape, plowed early and often in times of snow. I can't remember the last time the roads were closed for snow or ice. The grade is fair steep in places, but I have never had a problem chugging up them in my 42' Country Coach with the 505HP Caterpillar.
Not really a bad drive at all.
Of course, you don't have to go through Cloudcroft to get to Ruidoso, although you certainly can if you like. But, taking the road up through Cloudcroft is the more narrow , winding and steeper route. But just a little slower, not bad at all. Cloudcroft is at, I think, 8K-9K feet.
I think the Balloon Fiesta is in mid October, so the weather should be quite nice for your trip back to Texas.
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Lilly the Raschon and Lulu the Terrier.