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New Mexico in the Fall 2021: 11 Things to do this fall

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.

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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

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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!


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