Best Time to Visit Mescalero: Ultimate Travel Guide

Best Time to Visit Mescalero: Ultimate Travel Guide

One of the best times to visit Mescalero is April through June. This time of year is perfect for outdoor activities thanks to a combination of mild to warm weather and fewer chances of rainfall. Plus, travelers can experience many of Mescalero’s biggest festivals and events during this time of the year including a beer and wine festival and bike rallies.

However…

We believe any time of the year is the best time to visit Mescalero. Thanks to the area’s rich culture, gorgeous scenery, and attractions for all ages, Mescalero is a must-visit destination rain or shine, hot or cold.

Are you still having trouble deciding when you should visit Mescalero?

Take a look at our seasonal breakdown below to help you choose:

Why April through June is the best time to visit Mescalero

With average temperature highs ranging from the high 60s to the low 80s, the weather this time of year is just right for everything Mescalero has to offer. Travelers can typically expect lower chances of rain during the spring with April leading the way with an average of just 0.67 inches of rainfall.

Hit the greens at Mescalero’s #1 New Mexico golf course at Inn of the Mountain Gods, or visit Lake Mescalero for kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and fishing.

Check out our favorite Mescalero outdoor activities.

Things to do for families: Take a quick trip south to White Sands National Park. The park is home to 275 square miles of rolling white-sand dunes where visitors can hike, bike, and sled the sandy slopes.

Things to do for couples: Sip on locally distilled wines at wineries in nearby Ruidoso and Tularosa.

Mescalero’s key Spring events

Wild West Mountain Bike Festival (April)

A weekend-long festival at Grindstone Lake with mountain biking, food, music, and more

AspenCash Motorcycle Rally (May)

Four days of motorcycle rides, music, and food

Mountain Smoke BBQ Festival (May)

A family-friendly BBQ, beer, and wine festival in nearby Ruidoso

Flying Day Ranch Opening Day (May)

A true western experience in nearby Alto with activities and western performances for all ages

Ruidoso Marathon (June)

Ruidoso’s 26.2-mile marathon; the weekend also includes a kids fun run and a 5k

Brewdoso Craft Beer and Wine Festival (June)

Brewdoso celebrates New Mexico’s best craft beers and wines for an entire weekend

Why July through September is the best time to visit Mescalero

Travelers can expect average temperature highs ranging from the high 70s to the low 80s during these summer months. 

Though travelers can typically expect cloudier skies and a higher chance of rainfall during this time of year with an average precipitation of 3.28 inches.

Mescalero and the surrounding area presents plenty of summer activities that include exploring White Sands National Park, wine tastings at local vineyards, and many outdoor activities like fishing and boating at Lake Mescalero.

Things to do for families: Calling all daredevils! If you don’t mind a little altitude, then the Apache Eagle Ziprider is your kind of attraction. Riders can catch speeds up to 55 mph on this 2,668 ft long zipline that soars over Lake Mescalero (Minimum age to ride is 10).

Things to do for couples: Visit Inn of the Mountain Gods Stables for a horseback ride through the majestic wilderness of Mescalero.

Mescalero’s key Summer events

Mescalero Apache Ceremonial Dances and Rodeo (July)

This Mescalero rodeo celebrates the Mescalero Apache tribe with ceremonial dances, arts and crafts, and a rodeo

Ruidoso Art & Wine Festival (July)

Sip wine and mingle with some of the nation’s most talented artists

Smokey Bear Stampede (July)

Cheer on cowboys and cowgirls during this weekend-long family-friendly rodeo

Why January through March is the best time to visit Mescalero

woman snowboarding down slope

Travelers can expect average temperatures ranging from the high 20s to the high 50s during the winter months.

This time of the year is when travelers should take advantage of Mescalero’s featured indoor attractions. 

The Hubbard Museum of the American West in nearby Ruidoso is a great place to start. If you’re visiting with friends or as a couple, don’t miss out on New Mexico’s favorite casino.

Don’t forget Mescalero’s best New Mexico skiing.

See the top reasons to go skiing in Mescalero

Things to do for families: Ski Apache is a must-visit for anyone visiting Southern New Mexico. With slopes for all ages and skill levels, travelers will have a blast at this warm-weather skiing destination.

Things to do for couples: Escape the frigid winter air with a couple’s massage or a warm and relaxing hot stone massage at The Spa at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Mescalero’s key Winter events

Dr. Seuss Day at Inn of the Mountain Gods (March)

Celebrate the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss with reading and play

Vines in the Pines Art and Wine Festival (March)

Sample wines from New Mexico wines and shop over 30 local vendors

Why October through December is the best time to visit Mescalero

concertgoers

Travelers favor the early fall months for the beautiful fall foliage and seasonal events. Travelers can expect average temperature highs ranging from the low 50s to the high 60s.

Towards the end of the year, Ski Apache opens for the best powder snow skiing in New Mexico.

Visitors will also find plenty of holiday festivals and events to enjoy during the fall and early winter months.

Things to do for families: Visit Inn of the Mountain Gods for their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony that includes kid-friendly yuletide activities.

Things to do for couples: Enjoy an evening of comedy or live music at Mescalero’s best live concert and performance venue.

Mescalero’s key Fall events

Oktoberfest at the Ruidoso Convention Center (October)

Food, beer, music, arts, crafts, kids games; what’s not to get excited about?

Ski Apache Opening Day (November, December)

Grab your tickets to New Mexico’s premier warm-weather skiing destination

Inn of the Mountain Gods Tree Lighting Ceremony (November, December)

Welcome the holiday season with a yuletide Christmas celebration with the family

Ruidoso Christmas Jubilee (November)

Shop over 80 local vendors for holiday decor and gifts and say hello to the man in red himself

Stay up to date on the latest New Mexico concerts and events.

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