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7 Best Things to Do in New Mexico in July [2023]

Vacationers looking for things to do in New Mexico in July can find fireworks, live music, thrilling rides, mouthwatering local food, and more at the Inn of the Mountain Gods and nearby Ruidoso and Alto. Read on to see what this area has to offer in the summer season! 

Things to do at INn of the Mountain Gods in July

July 4th fireworks display.

Star Spangled Celebration

Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizo Canyon Rd.

The Star Spangled Celebration at the Inn of the Mountain Gods will return this year on July 4, 2023 at 3:00 and conclude after the fireworks celebration around 10:00. Guests at the Inn of the Mountain Gods have a front-row seat to the largest fireworks show in New Mexico! 

Bring the family to enjoy a day of live music and entertainment, delicious concessions, and fun kids activities before capping off the night with the biggest and longest fireworks show in all of New Mexico – right here at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Golf ball on a tee.


Topgolf Swing Suite, Inn of the Mountain Gods

Reserve Southern New Mexico’s first Topgolf Swing Suite and experience this world-class sports simulator firsthand on the second floor of the Inn of the Mountain Gods. Choose from classic games like Topgolf Target or shake it up with Zombie Dodgeball – fun for golfers and those who just want to have a great time. 

Reservations are required. Click here to reserve a bay!

Tandem zipline at Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino Resort in New Mexico.

Apache Eagle Ziprider

Over Lake Mescalero, Inn of the Mountain Gods

This zipline lets riders fly up to 55 mph across the beautiful, shining waters of Lake Mescalero. Whether you brave it alone or ride side-by-side with a partner, you’ll be treated to the astonishing views of the Inn of the Mountain Gods as you cross Lake Mescalero on this 2,668 foot zipline. Looking for an experience that lasts a bit longer? Check out Ski Apache, home of the three-part Apache Wind Rider Ziptour!

Things to do in Ruidoso and Alto in July

Wibit Water Park

Grindstone Lake, 4.0 miles from the Inn of the Mountain Gods

Patrons are invited to Wibit Water Park at Grindstone Lake to enjoy Ruidoso’s premier water attraction. Wibit offers the chance to flip, slip, slide, climb, and more, all while floating on the beautiful water of Grindstone Lake. 

Visit for the day or go for a season pass that includes swimming, boating, fishing, disc golf, and more!

All American Tailgate and Drone Light Show

685 Hull Road, 7.0 miles from the Inn of the Mountain Gods

Watch 150 drones light up the sky in an aerial show composed of all things American, from the Statue of Liberty to eagles and fireworks! Kids games, fun inflatables, and live music will precede the drone show, which starts at 9 pm on Sunday, July 1.

Enchanted Vine Winery Tour

492 Fort Stanton Road, 13 miles from the Inn of the Mountain Gods

Book a scheduled tour of the winery, or pop by any day to enjoy their outstanding charcuterie and drink menu. Enchanted Vine is a local hotspot, featuring live bands, a farmer’s market, and no shortage of gorgeous trees to sit under while you enjoy a drink made with 100% New Mexico fruit.

Smokey Bear Stampede

100 5th Street, 3.8 miles from the Inn of the Mountain Gods

Smokey Bear Stampede will host Ranch Rodeos on July 2,3, and 4 at noon this year, in addition to nightly Traditional Rodeos at 7:30. Watch as bulls test the skill of local cowboys and cowgirls in events like bull riding, saddle bronc, and tie-down roping. Meet Smokey Bear and delight in the exciting trick riding of Summer and Emmie Boyd at the Smokey Bear Stampede!

Discover even more things to do in New Mexico near Inn of the Mountain Gods for your July trip!

There is no shortage of things to do in New Mexico in July and beyond – and when you stay at the Inn of the Mountain Gods’ New Mexico hotel, so much of the fun is right at your front door. 

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