Are you looking for the perfect Ruidoso venue to celebrate your special day? Look no further than Sanctuary on the River. Our lovely indoor and outdoor spaces offer couples a variety of options that are guaranteed to make your wedding day an event to remember.

Let Sanctuary on the River host your perfect day...we will make it one to remember!

Wedding Packages


We recently had our wedding here and it was amazing. Debbie and her crew are a joy to be around and so very helpful!!! This facility is amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone!!!! It was beautiful Everything that I dreamed my wedding day would be!!!!
— Macy D., August 2016
We were married at the Sanctuary on the River on May 4, 2017. From start to finish Debbie, Thomas and Hannah were amazing!! They made the process easy and removed a lot of stress and worry. They are truly professionals who excel at organizing and keeping an anxious bride calm. The venue is magical, and it was a fairy tale event that was over way too soon!! Everyone from the venue, our caterer (Elliott at the Village Buttery), Matt from Noisy Water Winery, our awesome bartender Darlene, and the town of Ruidoso made the event truly memorable!! Thank you for all you do - you guys rock!!
— Aragon G., May 2017


See our property in this fabulous wedding video!

Sanctuary on the River is just steps from Ruidoso's midtown district where there are great shopping, dining and nightlife options. We also have several lodging partners including West Winds LodgeRuidoso River Resort & InnThe Lodge at Sierra Blanca, Condotel, 2 Ruidoso Redheads, and Shadow Mountain Lodge.



Our wedding was this past weekend and I couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect event!!! Thomas went beyond all expectations I had about my day. He was organized, helped me with stuff that was not even “his job”. He is truly blessed with the talent to calm crazy brides! Our day would not have been so magical if it weren’t for this wonderful and professional staff! Thank you for all you did, it’s a day we will always cherish!
— Bridgett C., November 2016
The Sanctuary staff made sure that everything was perfect for my wedding! Thomas and Hannah were very helpful even when I made last minute changes. The day of coordination they provide made my wedding flow perfectly! All of my guests had a great time! Perks with this venue: Very little decoration required (it is already beautiful!), they provide tables, chairs and linens, they coordinate with your vendors so that day-of there is nothing to worry about, they set up tables and chairs and linens and also take them down, they keep your wedding on schedule, it is completely covered in case it rains.
— April J., May 2017