Mescalero, New Mexico is filled with beauty and history. The reservation was established in 1873, and prior to that, the Mescalero people were a highly skilled tribe that thrived off the bountiful landscape of southern New Mexico. As an up-and-coming tourist destination, there is plenty of history to explore, excellent dining options, outdoor activities, and entertainment. Don’t miss out on this gem of New Mexican culture.
Places to Eat
Ski Apache offers skiers and snowboarders some excellent dining choices during their day on the mountain. Our signature Eagle Café has an extensive menu, and we also have smaller food locations through the resort serving burgers, hotdogs, sausages, coffee specialties, and more.
Head over to The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino at 287 Carrizo Canyon Road in Mescalero for a plethora of dining options for any palate.
- Stop by Wendell’s for a casual fine dining experience with a view
- Enter a live-action buffet at the Gathering of Nations Buffet
- Looking for a classic diner experience? Go with Red Hat Grille at Casino Apache Travel Center
- Feast on barbecue-style sandwiches at Apache Tee (during golf season only)
- Bring your appetite for burgers, nachos, and more over to the Big Game Sports Bar
- Raise a pint at Broken Arrow Taphouse as you choose from over 70 beers on tap and savory pub dishes
From classic steakhouses and fine dining to a variety of ethnic choices, BBQ, convenient pub bites, and more, Mescalero is sure to curb your hunger.
Things to Do
The Mescalero area offers visitors exciting entertainment and tons of outdoor recreational activities suitable for all.
Enjoy fishing at Bonito Lake, Mescalero Lake, Grindstone Lake, and the Rio Ruidoso for your adventurous outdoor spirit. We have great hiking and mountain biking in the Lincoln National Forest and the Sacramento Mountains, horseback riding along historic trails, and skiing and snowboarding at Ski Apache.
Places to explore include our incredible historical sites such as Lincoln, New Mexico, Gran Quivira ruins, the Old Dowlin Mill, Billy the Kid Scenic Byway, Fort Stanton, White Oaks, Three Rivers Petroglyphs and the Mescalero Apache Reservation.
A pleasant stroll through Midtown will find many unique gift shops featuring New Mexican jewelry, Western antiques and collectibles, fine art, handmade clothing, couture, and much more.
The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino offers full Las Vegas-style gaming, including slots and slot machines, blackjack, roulette, poker and video poker, baccarat, war, and Spanish “21”. Nightlife includes incredible live theater at the Spencer Theater of the Performing Arts and live music concerts at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino.
There’s always something happening in the Mescalero area, whatever your interests, you’ll find them here at things to do in Mescalero.
Whether you like seeing big name entertainment at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, live blues at the annual Blues Fest or great Broadway-style productions at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, our entertainment scene is vibrant.
The Arts community serves up a host of exhibits, shows, gallery walks and tours throughout the year. There are various annual events such as the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, AspenCash, Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rallies, and Aspen Fest weekend with its custom car shows, chili cook-offs, and parades. Regular races and events occur at Ski Apache and there are gaming events and tournaments at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino. Don’t forget Oktoberfest, Snow Blast, and Mardi Gras! You can plan on fun anytime you visit Mescalero, New Mexico.