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Best Places to Visit in New Mexico with Family

Some of the best places to visit in New Mexico with family are just minutes from Inn of the Mountain Gods. With access to everything from skiing and snowboarding to shopping and indoor golf, you and your family can enjoy New Mexico to its fullest. 

Ski Apache

Family enjoying skiing on sunny winter day.

One of the best places to visit in New Mexico with family is Ski Apache. This ski recreation area is owned and operated by the Mescalero tribe, and is hailed as the premier ski destination in New Mexico for skiing, snowboarding, and hiking trails. If you’re looking for the best place to ski in New Mexico for beginners, Ski Apache is the top choice. With trails and runs for all ages and skill levels, every member of the family can find fun at Ski Apache. 

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Nearby Ruidoso is a picturesque village offering plenty of fun things to do with family. Enjoy tubing and ziplining, the Grindstone Family Fun Park, Adventure Mountain Family Fun Center, unique shopping and dining, and more in this beautiful mountain village.  

White Sands National Park

A soaptree yucaa in White Sands National Park.

An unforgettable experience in New Mexico is the White Sands National Park. Gather up your family and visit this seemingly-endless sea of soft white sand, where you can drive, hike, and even slide down the towering dunes. 

Find even more things to do in New Mexico with kids.

Lincoln National Forest

A popular destination for visitors, attracting nearly 780,000 visitors yearly, Lincoln National Forest is a great place to spend time with family while you explore the outdoors. This National Park covers five distinct life zones, from desert to lush forest, with drastic elevation changes up to 11,500 feet. 


Kids kayaking on a lake.

Visit the Mescalero area for exciting entertainment and plenty of outdoor activities for all age levels. Fish the sparkling lakes, embark on a trail walk or hike, explore historical sites and the Mescalero Apache Reservation, and even shop for antiques in Midtown. 

Inn of the Mountain Gods offers family-friendly services and amenities to make your stay easier. The whole family can hop on horseback for a trail ride, get adrenaline pumping with a ride on the Apache Eagle Ziprider, and practice their swing or other fun games in the Topgolf Swing Suite

Ready to plan your visit to New Mexico with your family? Start with your accommodations at Inn of the Mountain Gods, where you can enjoy a comfortable, convenient stay with easy access to the best activities New Mexico has to offer. 

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