A stay at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino can be as active or as laid-back as you want it to be. Either way, it's hard not to gasp when you first spy the impressive hotel design and the even more impressive natural setting. Inn of the Mountain Gods is located on the Mescalero Apache Reservation just outside of Ruidoso, New Mexico, and the pristine alpine scenery is all served on a plate the minute you enter the centerpiece of the hotel: a stunning tower of a lobby with a multistory window. Big water views aren't what you generally expect in land-locked New Mexico but the vista over 100-acre Mescalero Lake will soon refresh that notion. Beyond the lake, the Sacramento Mountains dominated by 12,000 foot Sierra Blanca, southern New Mexico’s highest peak, create the picture-perfect backdrop.
Once you're checked into Inn of the Mountain Gods, there's no need to stray far. The resort contains a 38,000-square-foot casino to try your luck at poker, blackjack, roulette, and other gaming. A 72-par championship golf course designed by Ted Robinson keeps golfers on their toes, and in the winter months skiers and snowboarders head to nearby Ski Apache, also owned and operated by the Mescalero Apache tribe. The rugged, high-elevation wilderness around the Lincoln National Forest is a popular playground for hikers, bikers, horse riders, fishermen, and big game hunters. If your idea of entertainment is less strenuous, check out the series of concerts hosted by Inn of the Mountain Gods. Musicians performing here have included Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, the Beach Boys and Rick Springfield. Ultimately, you'll get the best out of your stay at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino by just getting into New Mexico's famous mañana spirit. Relax, take it day by day, soak in the hotel's indoor pool and hot tub, and soak up the views.