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MESCALERO, N.M. (Aug. 25, 2021) – Inn of the Mountain Gods is wrapping up another summer full of diverse music acts and family-friendly events. Justin Shandor will treat audience members with a night of good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, the End of Summer Bash will offer up fun for the whole family and attendees can enjoy cold beers, cool tunes and mouth-watering BBQ along Lake Mescalero at the Brews, Blues, and BBQ.

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Justin Shandor: The Ultimate Elvis – Saturday, Aug. 28
Get out your blue suede shoes and get ready to see Justin Shandor at Inn of the Mountain Gods! Named the “Best Elvis Impersonator of the Year,” guests will not want to miss this ultimate tribute show as Justin Shandor performs all of The King’s greatest hits. Plus, enjoy an incredible dinner before the show with a menu straight from Memphis. Tickets include the price of dinner and are on sale now for $60.

End of Summer Bash – Sunday, Sept. 5
Join Inn of the Mountain Gods in saying farewell to summer with food, music and fireworks at the End of Summer Bash on Sunday, Sept. 5. The free family-friendly event begins at 3 p.m. with live music on the lawn and concessions available for purchase. Once dusk settles in, fireworks will light the sky over Lake Mescalero as live music continues to play.

Brews, Blues and BBQ– Saturday, Sept. 18
Do you love rockin’ blues, hot barbecue and ice-cold beer? Then don’t miss the annual Brews, Blues & BBQ on September 18 from noon to 6 p.m. Enjoy some of the tastiest barbecue around and choose from over 200 beers. For $25 attendees get 10 four-ounce pours of their favorite brews. Plus, enjoy free live music on the lawn next to the beautiful shores of Lake Mescalero.

Win a 2022 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse Motorcycle – Saturday, Sept. 18
Ever dreamed of driving off in a brand-new motorcycle? Inn of the Mountain Gods is raffling off a 2022 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse motorcycle, valued at $25,000 with all proceeds benefiting the Mescalero Apache scholarship fund. Raffle tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the hotel concierge desk. Tickets are $100 each.

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Wendell’s Steak & Seafood Honored With Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence

MESCALERO, N.M. (July 27, 2021) – For the second year in a row, Wendell’s Steak & Seafood received an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator for its diverse and extensive wine list. 

Wine Spectator’s annual Restaurant Awards are given to restaurants with thoughtfully chosen selections appropriate for the cuisine and representative of a range of regions and styles. The 2021 awards program recognized dining destinations from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 72 countries internationally. 

“We take immense pride in our world-class dining offerings and are humbled to have been recognized by such a prestigious organization for a second year in a row,” said Frizzell FrIzzell Jr., Chief Operating Officer at Inn of the Mountain Gods. “We always aim to set the bar higher and further our reputation as the premier resort-casino destination in New Mexico.”

The Restaurant Awards, which were launched in 1981, are judged on three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award. This year, there were 1,673 winners of an Award of Excellence, with Wendell’s being one of the recipients.

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MESCALERO, N.M. (July 21, 2021) – Casino Apache celebrated the grand opening of the Red Hat Grille on July 15 with a ribbon cutting ceremony that honored original Red Hats who officially marked the restaurant open for business. 

The ceremony began with an invocation from Ted Rodriguez, an original Mescalero Apache Red Hat and opening remarks from Frizzell Frizzell Jr., Chief Operating Officer at Inn of the Mountain Gods. The history of the Mescalero Red Hats was then told by Jonathan Adams, Director of Operations at Casino Apache before the ribbon cutting by Mason Guydelkon, Ted Rodriguez, Oliver Enjady, Delbert Mendez and Juan Peña, with thank you remarks from Sarah Kazhe, Director of Marketing. 

Red Hat Grille was named after the historic Mescalero Apache Red Hats, the first organized Native American wildfire crew that led the way for other highly skilled firefighting crews across the country. Established in 1948, the all-Indian fire-fighting organization would flourish well into the 1960s and was in demand all over the West. 

The original Red Hat crew consisted of 19 men from the Mescalero area; many were World War II veterans, which was exemplified in their strict style of fighting fire. Well known and highly respected, the Red Hats won acclaim for their work including their command of a sector of the 17,000-acre Capitan fire in Lincoln National Forest that scorched the paws of the now-famous bear Smokey. In 1954, the Red Hats were awarded the Interior Department’s top honor for meritorious service by distinguishing themselves “for gallant performance in service and for conservation and prevention of destruction of our natural resources.” 

“The Red Hats’ love and respect for the land as well as their deep sense of pride, tradition and fellowship contributed greatly to their success,” said Adams. “They are a cornerstone of our tribe’s history and being able to commemorate them and incorporate their story and memory into our property is an immense honor.“ 

The new restaurant is located in what was formerly Smokey B’s with a design that is centered around original historic photographs of the Red Hats, visually telling the story of these celebrated firefighters through the carefully curated decor. The menu has a variety of creative handcrafted items including sandwiches, salads, specialty entrees and an all-day breakfast menu. Some of the signature menu items include the Southwest Philly sandwich, Apache Tacos and desserts made daily. 

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Annual Gus Macker Tournament Returns to Inn of the Mountain Gods

MESCLAERO, N.M. (May 21, 2021) – The largest Gus Macker tournament in New Mexico is returning to Inn of the Mountain Gods Saturday, June 5 through Sunday, June 6. 

Each team has four players on their roster, with three players on the court at a time. Teams are computer matched into divisions by age and gender, with male and female divisions for juniors (age 18 and under), adults (age 19 and older) and a top division reserved for the most skilled players.

“Hosting this tournament every year is one of our favorite traditions and seeing how much good it does for our community is an added bonus,” said Frizzell Frizzell Jr, Chief Operating Officer at Inn of the Mountain Gods. 

All proceeds will benefit the Stepping into a Better Your Health Fair and the Mescalero Apache Boys and Girls Club. The tournament will also feature a slam-dunk competition and 3-point shootout. for more information on rules and registration. 

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June Entertainment Lineup Has Something For Everyone

MESCALERO, N.M. (May 12, 2021) – What do a rock and roll supergroup, a three-time GRAMMY award-winning hip hop star and the 2021 CMA Vocal Group of the Year have in common? All will be taking the outdoor stage at Inn of the Mountain Gods June 17–20 for a weekend of diverse entertainment set against the beautiful backdrop of the Sierra Blanca mountains. 

Kings of Chaos – Thursday, June 17
Seven of rock and roll’s biggest names are uniting to perform some of their greatest hits including “I Want You to Want Me.” “Rock in America,” “I Wanna Rock,” “Highway to Hell,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and more. The killer lineup of rock and roll royalty includes Robin Zander from Cheap Trick, Dee Snider from Twisted Sister, Jack Blades from Night Ranger and Damn Yankees, Gilby Clarke from Guns N’ Roses, Warren DeMartini from Ratt and James Lomenzo from White Lion and Megadeth. Tickets for Kings of Chaos’ June 17 outdoor performance start at $75. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the show begins at 4 p.m. 

T.I. – Friday, June 18
Three-time GRAMMY award-winning recording artist T.I. is hitting the stage at Inn of the Mountain Gods this summer. Having sold over 10 million albums in the U.S. alone, T.I. remains an influential figure in the world of music and entertainment, leading the explosion of southern hip hop music and the subgenre of Trap. Throughout his career, T.I. has released 11 studio albums, with seven of them reaching the top five of the US Billboard 200 charts, rising to fame in 2003 with the release of Trap Muzik, which includes the Top 40 songs “Rubber Band Man” and “Let’s Get Away.” Be there as he performs his greatest hit  including “Whatever You Like,” “Live Your Life,” and more. Tickets for T.I.’s June 18 outdoor performance start at $75. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the show begins at 4 p.m 

Old Dominion – Saturday and Sunday, June 19–20
The reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year is headlining a two-night performance during their “Band Behind the Curtain” tour. Since breaking onto the country music scene in 2014, Old Dominion has notched seven No. 1s on country radio and surpassed 1 billion on-demand streams. They are known for their hit singles “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart” and “Written in the Sand,” which both earned platinum certifications, as well as “Hotel Key,” which earned a gold certification. The group has headlined arenas and amphitheaters across the globe on their uber-successful “Happy Endings” and “Make It Sweet” tours. Old Dominion was recognized as the Group of the Year at both the 2018 and 2019 ACM Awards, and took home Vocal Group of the Year at the 2021 CMA awards. Tickets for Old Dominion’s outdoor performances start at $75. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the show begins at 4 p.m 

Masks will be required and e-tickets must be downloaded prior to arriving on-property. For more information about entertainment, tickets and safety protocols at Inn of the Mountain Gods, visit

Inn of the Mountain Gods Announces Return of Entertainment

MESCALERO, N.M. (March 30, 2021) – Inn of the Mountain Gods is welcoming two iconic Latin groups back to the stage May 8 and May 23. With new safety initiatives in place including limited capacity, selling seating in groups of two and mandatory masks, guests will be able to experience concerts once again in a socially distanced yet intimate setting. 

Intocable – Saturday, May 8
Intocable, one of the most prominent Tejano/Norteño music groups, is set to take the stage at Inn of the Mountain Gods on Saturday, May 8. The group is known for various number one hits such as “Robarte un Beso,” “Prometí,” and “Culpable Fui (Culpable Soy),” as well as their latest hit “Tu Ausencia,” Intocable is sure to spice up the stage with their unique style of music that fuses Tejano conjunto music, Norteño folk rhythms, pop ballads and rock. Guests won’t want to miss out on the exciting experience. Tickets start at $50 per person. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert starts at 8 p.m. 

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano with Shaila Dúrcal – Sunday, May 23
Two-time Grammy award-winning band Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano and Spanish music star Shaila Dúrcal are performing at Inn of the Mountain Gods on May 23. Formed in 1961 by Natividad “Nati” Cano, the group has been instrumental in the training and mentoring of a new generation of mariachi musicians in the United States. Throughout their career, Mariachi Los Camperos have been the first mariachi band to perform at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Theater and several others. Joining Mariachi Los Camperos is Shaila Dúrcal, Spanish singer and songwriter whose parents Rocio Durcal and Antonio Morales were also towering figures in Spanish music. Tickets start at $50 per person. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the performance starting at 8 p.m. 

Each show will follow the resort’s health and safety protocols developed in collaboration with health experts. All ticketing will be completely electronic through Ticketmaster and tickets must be downloaded before the show. A full overview of the concert safety initiatives and guidelines may be found at

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