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There’s always something to do at Inn of the Mountain Gods – even if it’s nothing at all. That’s part of the charm of this premier resort. Many visitors come to simply appreciate the peace and tranquility of the area, whether that’s lazing the day away in your deck chair, taking a relaxing soak in the indoor pool, or walking hand-in-hand along the beautiful lakefront path. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that there’s nothing to do here. On the contrary, there’s always something fun and exciting to do in and around Inn of the Mountain Gods. With a full casino, nearby Ski Apache, restaurants, bars and lounges, live entertainment, a myriad of outdoor recreation and more, Inn of the Mountain Gods will have you coming back time and time again.

New Mexico Golf at its Finest

Ruidoso, New Mexico has three beautiful and challenging golf courses including our own course – Inn of the Mountain Gods Championship Golf Course. There are other courses nearby in Cloudcroft and Carrizozo. Sunny western weather and cool summers make New Mexico golf enjoyable almost nine months a year.

To learn more about the Inn’s 18-hole course, click here.

To book a tee time, please click on the button below:

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New Mexico Skiing and Snowboarding at Ski Apache

*The Ski Apache ski season has started, be on the look out for our upcoming events!

As the country’s southernmost continually operational ski area, Ski Apache offers the best warm-weather powder skiing in the world with snowmaking on 33% of the mountain. The slopes offer a mix of wide beginner slopes, tough bump runs, a huge bowl, nice cruising runs, and a terrain park with jumps, tubes and rails. Ski Apache also offers ski and snowboard lessons for all ages, and sightseeing gondola rides.

Mountain Biking at Ski Apache

New Mexico Big Game Hunts

Deep in the heart of New Mexico’s ancient peaks of the Southern Rocky Mountains breath a timeless land filled with the richness of nature’s most beautiful creations. This is the Mescalero Apache Reservation, home of Mescalero Big Game Hunts. Within the confines of this sub-alpine and valley terrain, hunters experience the pride of hunting some of the finest bull elk, cow elk, bear and wild birds in North America.

Kids Summer Program

Our fun-filled kids activities program is designed for children 5-12 years old. Kid Activities are offered on Saturdays from the summer months of June to the end of August. Additional activities are offered on holiday weekends. Your little ones will experience activities that are fully supervised that include arts and crafts, outdoor and indoor activities, games, movies, special theme activities, prizes, lunch or dinner and a snack.

New Mexico Fishing

Boat Dock Now Open (Friday, Saturday & Sunday only until Memorial Day)
You can fish right at the Inn on beautiful Lake Mescalero. We stock the lake with nearly 20,000 trout every year! Click the link above for more fishing information. Plus, make sure to check out the Tribal Fish Hatchery website for some great information.

Pool and Hot Tubs

In order to continue to provide our guests with top amenities, our pool will be closed Monday, February 29 through Friday, March 4 for minor touch ups. All other recreational activities, including the hot tub, fitness center and arcade, will remain open. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Inn of the Mountain Gods mountain retreat facility includes a beautiful indoor pool, a 15-person hot tub and state-of-the-art fitness facility for our guests. There is no lifeguard on duty, so children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The pool, hot tub and wet & dry saunas are normally open from 6am – 10pm, but at this time are closed until March 4.

Fitness Room

Any time is Workout time

Our fitness center is now open 24 hours a day!
Adjacent to our pool is the fitness center … fully equipped with free weights, circuit weights and cardiovascular equipment. Men’s and women’s locker rooms are available for guest use and inside each are saunas and steam rooms. Children 14 and under are not permitted access; Children 15-17 need to be supervised.


The arcade is located directly behind the concierge desk at the the Inn’s Grand Lobby. It’s a great place to play your favorite games as we have numerous arcade style games, several pool tables, Fast & Furious Racing, Guitar Hero, Air hockey, Buck Hunter and an Internet connected Jukebox … and of course a Token machine for your convenience. Children 12 and under need to be accompanied by an adult.

Sporting Clay Range

The sporting clay range, located at the hunt lodge at Inn of the Mountain Gods, is open year-round, weather permitting. The range is closed during scheduled Big Game Hunts. All participants must be at least 13 years of age. Please contact the hunt lodge for more information on our sporting clay range and New Mexico Big Game Hunting at (888) 324-0348.


Full rental: $74.55 Got your own gun: $ 67.10 Own gun and shells: $ 37.28 All prices include 50 targets and vest, eye & ear protection

Horseback Riding Stables- Closed until Spring time (Check back to see when we will open)

The Inn of the Mountain Gods is the perfect mountain retreat facility. Our riding stables are open seasonally from April-October, weather permitting and not during scheduled Big Game Hunting. Daily trail rides last one hour and reservations are required. Half day and full day rides are available please inquire with Stable personnel for availability. Riders must be at least 8 years of age and riding double is not permitted. Now open daily Monday – Sunday (weather permitting), guest should arrive at the Stables 15 minutes prior to scheduled ride. Rides are $35.00 per person, per hour. All rides are guided. For questions call the Inn of the Mountain Gods Stables at 575-464-7424 or Hunt Lodge 575-464-7448.

  • 1st Ride – 9:00 AM
  • 2nd Ride – 11:00 AM
  • 3rd Ride – 1:00 PM
  • 4th Ride – 3:00PM

*The stables offer a free lunch at Gathering of Nations Buffet with every horseback ride!

To learn more about Mescalero and Ruidoso area attractions.