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New Mexico in the Fall 2021: September, October & November Things to Do

As summer comes to a close, New Mexico in the fall brings cooler weather, golden autumn hues, and annual events for all ages. Visitors will discover plenty of family-friendly activities, events, and attractions this fall near Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino in majestic Mescalero, New Mexico.

Check out our top choices for New Mexico things to do and events for fall 2021.

New Mexico Things to Do for Fall

A Golf Weekend at Inn of the Mountain Gods

As the weather begins to cool, the course becomes less crowded, thus making the perfect time for a relaxing day out on the green with family and friends. The Inn of the Mountain Gods Championship Golf Course features beautiful greens and picturesque fairways that will only get better as the leaves begin to change color. Our New Mexico golf course offers discounted rates all year long, including off-season rates as low as $40.

Discover why Inn of the Mountain Gods Championship Golf Course is voted as one of the most stunning courses in New Mexico! Book your tee time here.

Scenic Mescalero & Ruidoso Hiking

The Inn of the Mountain Gods’ favorable location makes for some great time to explore the outdoors. As the leaves begin to change color and the air begins to cool, exploring the nearby natural wonders becomes a must. From Lincoln National Forest to Sierra Blanca at nearby Ski Apache, there’s an outdoor adventure for all experience levels near our New Mexico resort casino. Just remember to have your camera ready! Find out where the best Mescalero and Ruidoso hiking trails are located.

Phenomenal Fishing at Lake Mescalero

From dawn till dusk, Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino offers everything you need to enjoy a day on Lake Mescalero. Located just a short distance from the resort, Lake Mescalero is stocked annually with nearly 20,000 trout and offers year-round availability as well as a fishing shop offering pole rentals, fishing permits, bait, and more. Create new family memories this fall when you get the perfect catch! Learn more about fishing at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino.

Hit the Slopes at Ski Apache

Ski Apache offers a little of everything, from hiking, biking, and zip-lining (and much more!). Yet, you can’t take a trip to Ski Apache without enjoying some time on the slopes! Ski Apache offers slopes and obstacles for all experience levels, from wide beginner slopes to tough bump runs and a terrain park with jumps, tubes, and rail. If you’re new to skiing, Ski Apache’s professional staff also offers lessons and rentals are available to all visitors.

There are tons of other family-friendly activities and attractions around our New Mexico resort casino; the toughest part is deciding what to choose this fall!

New Mexico September Events

Ruidoso Kite Festival

When: Saturday, September 11th to Sunday, September 12th

Where: White Mountain Sports Complex

Welcome the fall season at the annual Ruidoso Kite Festival. Hosted at the White Mountain Sports Complex in Ruidoso, this family-friendly outdoor festival includes food, drinks, and demonstrations by professional kite flyers. Plus, you can build, design, and fly your very own kite! This year, attendees will even get to learn a thing or two about disc golf. The event is from 12 pm to 6 pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. The festival is free to attend.

Brews, Blues & BBQ

Friends toasting with beer in a pub

When: Saturday, September 18th

Where: Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino

The music will be jamming and the brews will be flowing at Brews, Blues & BBQ at Inn of the Mountain Gods from noon – 6 pm, Saturday, September 18th. Over 200 different beers will be on tap and the best barbecue around will be served. Find a spot on the lawn and enjoy free live music with a stunning backdrop of Lake Mescalero. $25 gets you 10 four-ounce pours of your favorite beers. All ages are welcome; minors must be accompanied by an adult.

New Mexico October Events

Ruidoso Aspenfest

When: Saturday, October 2nd

Where: Midtown Ruidoso & Wingfield Park

Welcome autumn with food, drinks, and crafts at Ruidoso Aspenfest. This is Ruidoso’s annual fall celebration that starts with a morning parade through midtown Ruidoso and leads to local craft vendors and tons of food and drinks at Wingfield Park! General admission is $5 and $15 that includes wine tasting. The parade starts at 9 am and the festival is from 10 am to 6 pm.

First Annual Indigenous Celebration

When: Saturday, October 16th

Where: Wingfield Park

Celebrate the cultures and traditions of indigenous America at the first-ever Indigenous Celebration at Wingfield Park. This one-of-a-kind festival will showcase traditional cuisines like fry bread and posole, dancing, and music of the indigenous peoples of New Mexico. There will also be craft vendors, from jewelry to paintings and traditional native clothing. The festival is free and open to the public.

9th Annual stepping into a better you health & wellness fair

When: Saturday, October 16th

Where: Inn of the Mountain Gods & Casino

Enjoy a day of health and wellness events at Inn of the Mountain Gods & Casino. Health professionals will be on hand to provide information on how you can take the first step toward a happier, healthier you. This family-friendly event is free for all to attend and includes a 5K Memorial Walk for Life.

New Mexico November Events

Whiskey Myers

IMG whiskey myers group shot

When: Friday, November 5th

Where: Inn of the Mountain Gods & Casino

Swing to the chart-topping, southern tunes of Whiskey Myers. Known for their high-energy live shows and whose music has been featured in television shows like “Yellowstone” and “What/If”, Whiskey Myers’ fifth studio album, WHISKEY MYERS, debuted atop several album sales charts, including the Country and Americana/Folk album sales charts, and reached number six on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. Get your tickets before they’re gone!

Chris Janson

When: Saturday, November 27th

Where: Inn of the Mountain Gods & Casino

Chris Janson brings his chart-topping hits to the Inn of the Mountain Gods & Casino for a night of country tunes. Many of Chris Janson’s hits have earned accolades over the years, including the Gold-certified song “Drunk Girl” and the chart-topping, double-platinum “Buy Me A Boat”. Get your tickets today.

See all the New Mexico events happening at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino is a haven for family-friendly fun this fall — book your stay with us!

New Mexico Honeymoon Ideas: 14 Reasons to Stay at Inn of the Mountain Gods

When you take your honeymoon getaway or couples retreat in New Mexico to Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, you’ll make vacation memories that will last a lifetime. Couples will discover the serenity of our sacred land that emits throughout the grounds of our property. 

From enchanting spa services to outdoor adventure to experience with your plus one, these are the reasons why you should take your New Mexico honeymoon getaway or couples retreat to Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort.

Pampering & Drinks at The Spa at the Inn

massage at the spa at the inn

No romantic retreat to the Inn of the Mountain Gods is complete without a stop at The Spa at the Inn. Here, guests will enjoy spa treatments that rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit for a tranquil, yet energizing experience.

The Spa’s very own couples massage package includes a traditional Swedish massage for two in your very own private spa suite and ends with a complimentary glass of wine, champagne, or mimosa.

The Spa also offers several other energizing and soothing services like hot stone massages, body scrub treatments, and deep cleansing facials, just to name a few. Start your New Mexico romantic getaway off right by putting your mind at ease at The Spa at the Inn.

Take a Hike and Take in the Views

Hiking at Inn of the Mountain Gods

When you stay at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, you won’t have to travel far to enjoy the best views in New Mexico. In fact, you can enjoy picturesque views by foot or by bike, thanks to hiking trails across the property and on-property bike rentals. Whatever method you and yours choose for exploring, the views and photo opportunities are all the same, including views of beautiful Lake Mescalero and landscapes of Inn of the Mountain Gods’ serene grounds amidst a backdrop of lush mountain ridges.

Visit White Sands National Park

white sands national park

One-of-a-kind, unique, unlike any place else in New Mexico. The sparkling white sands of White Sands National Park is a must-visit natural wonder and the world’s largest gypsum—a rare form of sand—dune field. Located just minutes from the Inn of the Mountain Gods, travelers will discover 275 square miles of shimmering desert sands where you can picnic, photograph, hike, and sled the powdery white sand dunes. It’s the perfect day trip option from Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Add Some Thrill to Your Relationship

apache eagle ziprider at inn of the mountain gods

Add a little thrill to your romantic relationship with a ride down the Apache Eagle ZipRider at Inn of the Mountain Gods. Riders fly 2,668 feet across Lake Mescalero with optional side-by-side ziplines so you can enjoy the adventure with your other half.

In addition to the Apache Eagle ZipRider at Inn of the Mountain Gods, thrill-seekers can get their fix at Ski Apache, where they can fly down one of the longest ziptours in the world! The Apache Wind Rider ZipTour takes riders over 60 miles per hour down three spans of zipline. Like the Apache Eagle ZipRider, side-by-side ziplines are also available for the thrill-seeking couple.

Double kayak on Lake Mescalero

couple kayaking Lake Mescalero

Don’t pass up the opportunity to take a romantic paddle along the peaceful Lake Mescalero, located just steps from your hotel room at the Inn of the Mountain Gods. A morning, afternoon, or evening exploring Lake Mescalero is sure to spark romance. Single kayak, two-seat pedal boat, and stand-up paddleboard rentals are also available at the Inn of the Mountain Gods’ boat docks.

Slopes and after ski Drinks at ski apache

ski instructor

Ski Apache is New Mexico’s ultimate mountain playground. Situated along the Sierra Blanca mountains, visitors will enjoy the best warm-weather powder skiing in the world at Ski Apache. Whether you’re an experienced skier or learn a new skill with your loved one, Ski Apache has the slopes, trails, rentals, and lessons for a day, or more, of fun in the snow. And enjoy an after-ski meal and drink at the on-site Plaza Grill.

Winter isn’t the only time of year to enjoy Ski Apache. During the summer months, visitors can enjoy miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, including mountain bike rentals. Ski Apache’s scenic gondolas are also a great way to enjoy the panoramic vistas of Ski Apache.

See New Mexico on horseback

horseback riding at inn of the mountain gods

Head over to Inn of the Mountain Gods Stables and saddle up for an unforgettable tour of Mescalero via horseback. Picturesque vistas are easy to come by during these horseback rides that are guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Bring your luck to the casino

The Casino at Inn of the Mountain Gods

With a little luck, your New Mexico honeymoon could also become your next big payday when you visit the Inn of the Mountain God’s New Mexico casino. Located on-site at Inn of the Mountain Gods, there are dozens of games to play, including poker, blackjack, slots, and bingo.

Casino promotions and chances to win are always available at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino. Visit The Enclave next to the 1852 Treaty Room where you can play slots and enjoy cocktails.

Wine and dine at a local winery

Located just minutes from the Inn of the Mountain Gods, Noisy Water Winery is the go-to destination for great, locally distilled wines, cheeses, and more.

Visit for a wine tasting at The Cellar Uncorked, one of Noisy Water Winery’s tasting rooms, for limited batches of award-winning dry reds and sweet wines, and delicious handmade cheeses including green chile jack with roasted garlic and ghost chile jack.

Call (575) 257-9335 for more information.

Wendell's Steak & SeafoodEnjoy New Mexico dining at its finest

What’s a romantic honeymoon getaway without enjoying a decadent meal and a glass of wine with your better half?

Make reservations at Wendell’s Steak & Seafood where you can enjoy premium steaks like Kobe flat iron, bison ribeye, and NY strip, and fresh seafood including crab legs, butter-poached twin lobster tails, and fruitwood smoked salmon. Select a glass from the wine list or enjoy a carefully crafted cocktail.

Save room for a decadent dessert to share while incredible views of Sierra Blanca and Lake Mescalero paint the background.

Visit LOL Comedy Club for laugh-out-loud stand-up

On select nights, LOL Comedy Club takes over Club 49 at Inn of the Mountain Gods for the Laugh Out Loud Live Stand-Up Comedy Series where professional comedians leave guests grinning the entire night.

Rooms with a View

royal suite at inn of the mountain gods hotel

Drink up the beauty of New Mexico by the glass and by the view from your room or suite at Inn of the Mountain Gods. 

Each of the units at our Mescalero hotel include gorgeous views of lush mountain peaks that surround the property. Select units include views of Lake Mescalero and include their own private outdoor balcony for socializing, sightseeing, and spending time with your plus one. Each of our suites is also luxuriously appointed with Whirlpool tubs.

Staying in one of our rooms or suites will give you and yours the true sense of a romantic mountain getaway experience.

Catch a live performance at Spencer Theater

Located in Alto, New Mexico, the Spencer Theater is where you can catch dazzling, popular shows and live musical performances. You can get your tickets by calling (575) 336-4800.

Explore the old west of Lincoln National Forest

Stretching from the Texas border through southern New Mexico, Lincoln National Forest is a popular destination to explore New Mexico’s outdoors. From bicycling to hiking and picnicking, this national forest has plenty of activities to enjoy, including romantic strolls that boast incredible, unforgettable views.

start planning your new mexico honeymoon. Choose from our romantic rooms and suites today!

New Mexico Mountain Resorts: 12 Reasons to Stay at Inn of the Mountain Gods

When researching New Mexico mountain resorts for your next getaway, you should look for resorts that offer:

  • Las Vegas-style gaming
  • Mountain activities and attractions on-site
  • Decadent spa treatments
  • Rooms and suites with incredible alpine views

Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, romance or fun, enjoy a breath of fresh mountain air when you stay at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino.

Check out the reasons why Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino ticks all the checkboxes for a one-of-a-kind New Mexico mountain resort experience:

#1: Incredible alpine views from your hotel room

royal suite at inn of the mountain gods hotel

Pine-dressed mountain sides and the pristine waters of Lake Mescalero are within view from select rooms and suites at Inn of the Mountain Gods. Select rooms and suites at Inn of the Mountain Gods include their own private outdoor balcony for front-row landscape viewing from sunrise to sunset.

#2: The Best in Casino gaming

The 45,000 square-foot casino floor at Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino features the very best in Las Vegas-style gaming. From the hottest machine games to everyone’s favorite table games including poker, blackjack, and roulette, there’s something for everyone on the hottest casino floor in southern New Mexico.

#3: Hiking trails & mountain bike rentals

Hiking at Inn of the Mountain Gods

No New Mexico mountain resort vacation would be complete without hitting the nearby trails for some of the best views in New Mexico. Enjoy incredible alpine landscapes with many hiking trails near the Inn of the Mountain Gods

Guests staying at Inn of the Mountain Gods can tour the grounds and Lake Mescalero by bike with on-site bike rentals for adults and kids.

#4: Horseback riding

Whether you’re visiting on a honeymoon getaway or a family vacation, there’s nothing quite like exploring the New Mexico countryside on horseback. 

The Inn of the Mountain Gods Stables fits the bill for a truly unique outdoor experience that will create memories that last a lifetime.

#5: Thrills on the zipline

apache eagle ziprider at inn of the mountain gods

For one moment, you’ll feel you’re on top of the world aboard the Apache Eagle Ziprider… until you quickly descend up to 55 miles-per-hour over Lake Mescalero!

This thrilling outdoor attraction, located on-site at Inn of the Mountain Gods, reaches over 2,600 feet, features gorgeous alpine views, and includes side-by-side ziplines so you can experience this high-speed rush with a friend.

#6: The best mountain skiing in New Mexico

Guests staying at Inn of the Mountain Gods aren’t too far from thrilling warm-weather skiing at Ski Apache

Located on the majestic Sierra Blanca in Alto, New Mexico, Ski Apache is just a short drive from Inn of the Mountain Gods, is New Mexico’s southernmost ski area, and offers ski and snowboard rentals, making it easy for all vacationers to enjoy this attraction.

All ages will find something to love at Ski Apache, which features slopes, trails, and other ski attractions that range from beginner-friendly to more advanced riding experiences.

#7: Golf under the Sierra Blanca Peak

experience our championship ruidoso golf course

Unbelievable mountain views are par for the course at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Golf Course. This 18-hole New Mexico golf course consists of sweeping greens and challenging holes, including an island green in Lake Mescalero. 

Surrounded by lush pine trees under the Sierra Blanca Peak, Inn of the Mountain Gods Golf Course was listed as one of Golf Digest’s “Top 40 Casino Golf Courses”. 

Plus, check out southern New Mexico’s first TopGolf Swing Suite for a virtual experience on the fairway.

#8: Fine dining with a mountain backdrop

For libations and signature dining with a view, reserve your table at Wendell’s Steak & Seafood, the area’s top upscale dining experience. 

Wendell’s Steak & Seafood at Inn of the Mountain Gods features unrivaled views of Sierra Blanca, the Sacramento Mountains, and Lake Mescalero. So guests dining at Wendell’s will enjoy aged steaks and fresh seafood amongst a stunning New Mexico mountain backdrop.

#9: New Mexico tap house experience

broken arrow tap house beer glasses

If bellying up to the bar for an ice-cold brew is more your speed, then Inn of the Mountain Gods has the spot for you. Broken Arrow Tap House has over 70 beers on tap

Pair a cold beer with one of Broken Arrow’s house favorites including street tacos, ribeye, and their famous fish and chips. Broken Arrow Tap House is also open for breakfast and includes a kid’s menu.

#10: Music (and more) in the mountains

You won’t find a better lineup of concerts, comedy acts, and entertainment in New Mexico than at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino. From the most popular acts in show business to regional performances, see our entertainment calendar to find who’s playing at Inn of the Mountain Gods during your next New Mexico mountain resort vacation!

#11: An enchanting spa experience

spa at the inn hot tub

The Spa at the Inn spa treatments will soothe the mind, body, and spirit for a one-of-a-kind spa experience. Located in the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort, guests will get to indulge in a full treatment menu that includes energizing body treatments, therapeutic massages, and oxygen bar specials.

Whether you’re visiting Mescalero for business or pleasure, the Spa at the Inn is a can’t-miss treat.

#12 Close to popular area attractions

Thanks to the Inn of the Mountain Gods’ favorable alpine location, guests are a stone’s throw from some of southern New Mexico’s most popular attractions. Whether you’re looking for things to do for kids or romantic and honeymoon retreats, and can’t-miss attractions, there’s something for everyone near our New Mexico mountain resort.

Discover even more things to do at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino!

New Mexico’s Best Mescalero & Ruidoso Hiking Trails

Discover the best Mescalero and Ruidoso hiking trails near the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort.

Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, these trails provide plenty of fresh mountain air and gorgeous views that all ages are sure to enjoy.

Best of all, guests staying at our Mescalero hotel are close to many of the area’s most breathtaking hiking trails in Mescalero and Ruidoso.

You’ll find some of our favorite trails below, along with trail length and degree of difficulty:

Carrizo Trailkids hiking in the mountains

Length: 5.6 miles

Difficulty: Easy

This out and back trail features treetop views of beautiful Mescalero and views of Sierra Blanca. The trail is lightly walked and paved for a leisurely hiking experience that’s suitable for most skill levels.

Lookout Trail

Length: 0.25 miles

Difficulty: Easy

This is a quick mountain hike, but that doesn’t mean hikers will enjoy fewer breathtaking views. At only a quarter-mile long, the end of the hike features gorgeous 360-degree views of Ski Apache. The trail is a great option for hikers of all skill levels.

Sierra Blanca Trail

sierra blanca peak at ski apache
 

Length: 2.5 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Hikers will enjoy breathtaking views from 1900 feet in elevation. This hike is considered an all-day hike, taking hikers between the top and bottom of Ski Apache on Sierra Blanca.

Crest Trail

Length: 3 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Similar to the Sierra Blanca Trail, Crest Trail is considered an all-day hike along the stunning Sierra Blanca. Here, hikers will be rewarded with outstanding views of Ski Apache and the surrounding area. Don’t feel like walking? The trails can also be explored by mountain bike with Ski Apache bike rentals during the summer months.

Cedar Creek Loop

Length: 4 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Great for all skill levels, Cedar Creek Loop is a popular trail for running, hiking, and nature trips. The wide, well-paved trail is popular for its accessibility to all skill levels and ages, and takes hikers between tall pines and a gentle creek.

North Cedar Creek Trail

Length: 3.6 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Like Cedar Creek Loop, North Cedar Creek Trail is a popular hiking trail near Ruidoso. The trail is out and back and is quite popular with hikers. The trail should be easy enough for most ages and provides plenty to see thanks to native wildlife and tall pine trees that surround the trail.

grindstone lakeGRINDSTONE LAKE LOOP

Length: 6.4 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Located minutes outside the Mescalero Apache Reservation, this lakeside hike offers terrific views of Grindstone Lake in Ruidoso. The loop is open for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The Grindstone Lake Loop is a great trail for entry-level hikers, and perfect for a leisurely stroll around one of the area’s most popular attractions.

Grindstone Mesa Loop

Length: 3.3 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Located near Ruidoso, Grindstone Mesa Loop circles the popular Grindstone Lake, where vacationers can fish, boat, and enjoy recreational activities. There are plenty of fantastic views of Grindstone Lake from portions of the trail. Hikers can reach Grindstone Mesa Loop via a series of adjacent trails, including Grindstone Ridge Trail and Alfred Hale Connector Trail.

PERK RIDGE TRAIL

Length: 5.4 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Perk Ridge Trail provides stunning views and plenty of opportunities to see New Mexico wildlife. The trail is great for moderate hikes, a step above trails like the Grindstone Lake Loop. The trail is open for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and motorcycle trail riding.

dog canyon at sunsetDOG CANYON TRAIL

Length: 5.5 miles

Difficulty: Advanced

Located south of the Inn of the Mountain Gods, hikers roam desert, canyon, and grassland along this more advanced hiking trail. Beginning in Oliver Lee State Park, hikers will venture 2000 feet above the trail’s starting point. Steep drops, magnificent cliff faces, and outstanding views of Dog Canyon are present throughout the trail.

More Great Hiking Around The Inn Of The Mountain Gods

There are more amazing hikes in store for you in and around Mescalero, NM.  AllTrails.com offers a full list of local trails, ratings, and information.

mescalero and ruidoso hiking trail map

 

 

find out more about the outdoor adventure offered at Inn of the mountain Gods Resort.

11 Can’t-Miss Things to Do Near Ruidoso, NM

These are the best things to do near Ruidoso, NM for the outdoorsy types, the pampering types, the thrill seekers, and everyone in between.

Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or as a couple, there’s something to do for all ages near Ruidoso. And travelers that choose to at our hotel near Ruidoso are just steps from many of the activities below!

Now let’s get to it.

Place your bet at the casino

The Casino at Inn of the Mountain Gods

Test your luck on the casino floor at Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino

The casino is filled with machine games, table games, and much more, so players will have plenty of games to choose from. 

Plus, there are casino promotions happening monthly, so guests will never miss a chance at winning big!

Take in the views on horseback

horse and horseback rider

Trot through the majestic Mescalero landscape on horseback with Inn of the Mountain Gods Stables.

This is the perfect option for a romantic excursion or honeymoon activity, and a great idea for families with kiddos that want to explore the natural beauty of New Mexico in a unique way.

Discover more things to do in New Mexico with kids!

Enjoy the best warm-weather powder skiing in the world

skiers at ski apache new mexico ski resort

There’s no better way to enjoy the New Mexico alpine air than a ski trip to Ski Apache.

Nestled on Sierra Blanca in Alto, New Mexico, Ski Apache has slopes and trails for all experience levels. So even if you’ve never skied a day in your life, you’re still sure to have an unforgettable experience at this New Mexico ski resort.

During the winter months, Ski Apache offers ski rentals, snowboard rentals, and lessons. And with 11 ski lifts available, riders will have no trouble getting to and from the best slopes on the mountain.

Aside from the best skiing in the state, during the summer months, Ski Apache becomes a haven for hiking, mountain biking, and sightseeing.

Plus, Ski Apache’s ZipTour will provide additional thrills. The ZipTour is Ski Apache’s three-part heart-pumping zipline. Sitting at 11,489 feet in elevation, riders will reach flying speeds at over 60 miles per hour!

Fishing and boating at Lake Mescalero

kayaking at Lake Mescalero

Rent a rod and head to Lake Mescalero for the best fishing in the area. Lake Mescalero is stocked annually with beautiful trout that are waiting for you to catch them!

Or enjoy kayaking and paddleboarding with rentals at Inn of the Mountain Gods for additional lakeside relaxation and excitement.

Reach speeds Of up to 55 miles per hour

apache eagle ziprider at inn of the mountain gods

The Apache Eagle Ziprider is one of the area’s most thrilling outdoor experiences! 

Riders will fly up to 55 miles per hour and soar 2,668 feet in length above Lake Mescalero.

Plus, you can experience the thrills with a friend thanks to side-by-side ziplines!

Hunt for big game

mescalero big game hunts at inn of the mountain gods

The Mescalero Apache Reservation is teeming with wildlife, including prized bull and cow elk, bear, and wild turkey.

So what’s stopping you from planning your dream hunt?

Mescalero Big Game Hunts offers hunts starting at just $250, so wild game hunters will get to enjoy affordably priced excursions and live out their dream hunts.

You can also visit the Hunting Lodge Clay Range to perfect your shot.

Cheer for live entertainment

Mescalero Entertainment

The best entertainment near Ruidoso is happening at Inn of the Mountain Gods. 

Inn of the Mountain Gods has regularly hosted Grammy award-winning artists, nationally renowned comedy acts, and the best performers in the region, including names like Snoop Dogg, Kane Brown, WAR, and much more!
Just visit our New Mexico entertainment page to find out more about who’s coming to Inn of the Mountain Gods soon!

Pamper yourself with a spa day

spa at the inn treatment

For the ones that consider a getaway to include more relaxation than thrills, The Spa at the Inn is calling your name.

From Mescalero sumac rose purifying treatments to innovative oxygen treatments that soothe and recharge, there are dozens of spa and salon options that will leave you feeling like a new and better you.

Experience the best dining in the area

broken arrow tap house dish with beer

Enjoy classics for breakfast, pub bites and craft beers for lunch, and aged steaks and fine wine for dinner, all at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino.

You’ll find unique restaurants with their own flavors and atmospheres all within the resort. 

From the best selection of beers around at Broken Arrow Tap House to signature dining with a view at Wendell’s Steak & Seafood, there’s something for all appetites to savor.

Sled the sand dunes at White Sands

white sands national park

You’ve heard of skiing the slopes at Ski Apache, but what about sledding the sand dunes at White Sands National Park?

A favorite among all ages, White Sands National Park presents an assortment of outdoor activities including hiking, sightseeing, scenic drives, and of course, sledding the white sand dunes!

Discover more places to visit in southern New Mexico!

Visit Grindstone Lake

colorful Kayaks by the lakeside

Grindstone Lake Recreation Area offers a hodgepodge of outdoor activities for all ages.

From wildlife viewing to boat rentals, disc golf to swimming, and picnics to hiking, Grindstone Lake is a popular spot for outdoor adventure and fresh air.

Find additional activities and things to do at and near Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino!

We’re making sure our activities are safe for everyone with enhanced health and safety measures in place.

Sound like fun? Now’s the time to find the best hotel accommodations near Ruidoso!

Hotels Near Ruidoso: 11 Reasons to Stay at Inn of the Mountain Gods

If you’re looking for hotels near Ruidoso that offer:

  • Vegas-style casino gaming
  • On-site entertainment and concerts
  • Upscale spa services
  • and the best in luxury accommodations at a great price

Then the hotel for you is Inn of the Mountain Gods

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino near Ruidoso is a one-of-a-kind south central New Mexico experience. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or as a couple, Inn of the Mountain Gods has something for everyone.

Now, let’s check out the reasons why you should stay at Inn of the Mountain Gods:

1. Stay in Luxury Style Rooms & Suites

royal suite at inn of the mountain gods hotel

At Inn of the Mountain Gods, guests will stay in the very best of hotels near Ruidoso

Each room and suite at our hotel features luxury amenities and features, from pillow top beds to flat-screen televisions and incredible lake and alpine views of Mescalero from your own private balcony, all while being unique.

Better yet, Inn of the Mountain Gods hotel guests are just steps from the best entertainment and activities that south central New Mexico has to offer.

2. Vegas-Style Casino Gaming

The Casino at Inn of the Mountain Gods

At Inn of the Mountain Gods, hotel guests are just steps away from a potential jackpot at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino.

There’s no place like it near Ruidoso.

Play all the classics like slots and machine games, table games, and much more! 

In addition to the 45,000 square foot casino floor, visit the Sportsbook at the Inn for sports wagering and entertainment and The Enclave for drinks and machine gaming, all in our New Mexico resort.

Plus, be on the lookout for monthly casino promotions that will get you closer to winning big during your next trip to Mescalero.

3. World-Class Entertainment

Mescalero Entertainment

Take in a comedy show or concert for a next-level hotel experience at Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Inn of the Mountain Gods has hosted regional favorites, international names, and grammy-award winning artists.

Families will also enjoy family-friendly events that are hosted throughout the year.

In addition to an amazing live entertainment experience, we’re also ensuring a safe entertainment experience thanks to enhanced safety measures for all shows.

See our upcoming New Mexico events to plan your hotel stay.

4. Play Championship Golf

Beautiful Golf Photo

Bring your golf swing to Inn of the Mountain Gods where guests can play our 18-hole championship New Mexico golf course with a gorgeous alpine backdrop.

Designed by the acclaimed Ted Robinson, the course features an island fairway and fast-breaking greens that are both challenging and a sight to see.

Reservations for tee times are required and must be made in advance.

5. Take An Indulgent Spa Experience

spa at the inn hot tub

There’s no finer spa and salon near Ruidoso than The Spa at the Inn.

Inn of the Mountain Gods’ The Spa at the Inn offers next level spa treatments that rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit.

Guests will enjoy an indulgent, one-of-a-kind pampering experience that fuses the tranquility of Mascalero’s sacred land with an energizing spa treatment menu that will boost energy and dissolve tension.

Need a new updo? Nail enhancements? The Spa at the Inn salon has it all. Plus, hotel guests will enjoy monthly spa and salon specials.

In addition to enhanced spa services, The Spa at the Inn has added enhanced safety measures for complete peace of mind.

Spa reservations are required.

6. Soar on the Apache Eagle Ziprider

zipline at inn of the mountain gods

Race up to 55 miles-per-hour high above the crystal waters of Lake Mescalero aboard the Apache Eagle Ziprider!

Located on site at Inn of the Mountain Gods, add some thrill to your hotel stay that can be enjoyed by single riders or with a friend or family.

The Apache Eagle Ziprider makes for a truly unique hotel experience near Ruidoso.

Reservations are required and must be made in advance.

7. Fishing and Boating at Lake Mescalero

fishing at lake mescalero

If you’re looking for a more leisurely outing during your hotel stay, rent some fishing rods or go boating on Lake Mescalero.

Stocked with nearly 20,000 trout annually, Lake Mescalero is located just outside the Inn of the Mountain Gods hotel, and all ages will enjoy our New Mexico fishing experience from dawn till dusk.

Take to the water on a rowboat, pedal boat, kayak or stand up paddle board for more exploring thanks to our boating rentals. Guests will enjoy the sights and sounds of Mescalero’s alpine landscape.

Reservations for boat rentals are required and must be made in advance.

8. Amazing on-site Dining

wendell's restaurant

Inn of the Mountain Gods hotel guests won’t have to travel far to enjoy the best dining in the area.

Whether you’re craving steaks and seafood, burgers and beer, or a little bit of everything, we’ve got you covered with the best restaurants for any occasion near Ruidoso.

For an upscale experience with alpine views, visit Wendell’s Steak and Seafood.

For over 70 beers on tap, belly up to the bar at Broken Arrow Tap House.

Or satisfy your taste buds with international cuisine at the Gathering of Nations Buffet.

And that’s not all.

Check out all of our restaurants near Ruidoso.

9. Topgolf Swing Suite

topgolf swing suite

When you’re not playing the golf links at our championship course, visit our state-of-the-art Topgolf Swing Suite, southern New Mexico’s first state-of-the-art Topgolf simulator. 

There are dozens of games to choose from, so even if you’re not a golf aficionado, you can play games like:

  • Zombie dodgeball
  • Hockey shots
  • Classic carnival games
  • Baseball pitching

Plus, guests will enjoy a limited food menu as they play!

In addition to a fun playing environment, we’re also taking extra steps to ensure our Topgolf Swing Suite is a safe playing environment.

Reservations are required for the Topgolf Swing Suite.

10. Sightseeing by Horseback

horseback riding at inn of the mountain gods

There may be no better way to experience the alpine scenery of Mescalero than by horseback. 

Inn of the Mountain Gods Stables gives hotel guests the opportunity to take in the incredible views of beautiful Mescalero with a one-of-a-kind experience.

No matter your experience level, all ages will enjoy this sightseeing experience.

11. Near the best attractions in Ruidoso

skier at ski apache

Inn of the Mountain Gods is just a short drive from the best attractions in Ruidoso, as well as other nearby areas.

From old west towns to go-karts and national parks, Ruidoso truly has something for all ages to experience:

  • Visit Ski Apache, located on Sierra Blanca peak for the absolute best warm weather skiing in New Mexico
  • Step back in time for an old west experience at Flying J Ranch
  • Slide the white sand dunes of White Sands National Monument
  • Visit Funtrackers for arcade gaming, bumper boats, go-karts, and more!

Start Planning Your Trip to our hotel near Ruidoso!

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