Summer will soon be coming to a close, with cooler weather arriving at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino. But just because the season is changing doesn’t mean the fun and excitement stops on the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Visitors and locals alike will find plenty of family-friendly activities, events, and attractions near our New Mexico resort casino to delight and excite.
Check out our top choices for New Mexico things to do and events for fall 2019.
Mescalero Things to Do for Fall
A Golf Day with the Family
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 scenes that will only get better as the leaves begin to change color. Our New Mexico golf course offers discounted rates all year long, including Junior rates for kids 17 and younger through September. 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 proximity of our New Mexico resort casino 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 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. Ski Apache’s opening day is Thanksgiving Day (weather permitting).
For tickets, seasonal passes, and hours, call (575) 464-3600.
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
Brews, Blues & BBQ | Inn of the Mountain Gods | Saturday, Sept. 21st
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, Sept. 21st. Over 200 different beers from various breweries will be available for sampling. Find a spot on the lawn and enjoy the music against a stunning backdrop of Lake Mescalero. $25 gets you 10 four-ounce pours of your favorite beers; must be 21 years or older to attend.
Ruidoso Kite Festival | Saturday, Sept. 21st – Sunday, Sept. 22nd
Build or purchase your own kite at the Ruidoso Kite Festival. Hosted at the White Mountain Sports Complex in Ruidoso, this family-friendly festival includes food, drinks, and demonstrations by professional kite flyers. The event is from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
New Mexico October Events
Ruidoso Aspenfest | Saturday, Oct. 5th – Sunday, Oct. 6th
Welcome autumn with food, drinks, and crafts at Ruidoso Aspenfest. This is Ruidoso’s annual fall celebration that includes a parade, local craft vendors, and plenty of food and drinks! General admission is $5 and kids ages 16 and under are free. The festival is from 10 am to 6 pm.
Annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium | Ruidoso Downs | Friday, Oct. 10th – Sunday, Oct. 13th
Don’t miss the west’s finest cowboy festival, the 30th Annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium. This weekend-long representation of the old west will include demonstrations, storytellings, chuckwagon cook-offs, craftsmen, live music, a kids rodeo, and much more! Daily admission is $20 for Friday and Saturday; admission is free on Sunday; children 16 and under are free each day. Ticket packages are also available. Call (575) 378-7282 for more details.
Ruidoso Oktoberfest | Saturday, Oct. 18th – Sunday, Oct. 19th
Food, beer, music, beer, arts and crafts, and more beer! Don’t miss Ruidoso’s interpretation of the classic German shindig. For two days Ruidoso Oktoberfest will take over the area with fun, games, family activities, and delicious food. Pair a glass of beer with bratwurst, apfelstrudel, potato pancakes, and much more delicious treats during this autumn celebration. The fun starts on Friday from 5 pm to 11 pm and continues on Saturday from 12 pm to 11 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for ages 13 to 17, and free for kids ages 12 and under.
Halloween Trick or Treat at Wingfield Park | Oct. 31
Make your way to Wingfield Park for ghouls, ghosts, and plenty of tricks and tasty treats! Activities at this family-friendly extravaganza include pumpkin carving and a costume contest for children ages 17 and younger. The fun starts at 3 pm.
New Mexico November Events
Christmas Jubilee | Ruidoso Convention Center | Friday, Nov. 8th – Sunday, Nov. 10th
If you’re in need of a Christmas gift or want to get into the Christmas spirit, you’re in luck! 80 vendors will be on hand for the Christmas Jubilee, the area’s biggest shopping extravaganza! Held at the Ruidoso Convention Center, this holiday festival will bring out the good cheer and season’s greetings in everyone with local crafters, concessions, and fun for the little ones, including visits with Santa! Admission is $2; kids 12 and under are free. Contact (575) 808-8052 for more information.