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Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino is located in Mescalero, New Mexico, less than a 10-minute drive from the center of Ruidoso. Perched on the edge of Mescalero Lake at around 7,000 feet elevation on Mescalero Apache lands, the resort's peaceful and pristine Sacramento Mountains setting is one of the major attractions for visitors. Sporty types are spoiled for choice with outdoor activities including fishing, boating and golf at the resort, horseback riding and mountain biking in the Lincoln National Forest, and skiing at Ski Apache, also owned by the Mescalero Apache tribe. Nearby Ruidoso offers plenty of traditional mountain town charm, with boutique shopping and restaurants. If you want to go further afield, hit the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway for an 84-mile circular drive on the trail of New Mexico’s most famous outlaw, also touching in on Capitan, home of Smokey the Bear.