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Address: Ruidoso, NM
Activities: Skiing, Gambling
Description: Established in 1873 by presidential order, this reservation covers 720...
Established in 1873 by presidential order, this reservation covers 720 square miles of land in the south central part of New Mexico, where approximately 3,000 tribal members live.
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We enjoyed attending the rodeo, and of course the fry bread. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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West, Texas
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Abilene, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

There is nothing really to see at the Apache Reservation, it was a wasted trip. It's about a 20 mile drive from Ruidoso and there wasn't really anything there, no teepee's or anything to view.

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West, Texas
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We enjoyed attending the rodeo, and of course the fry bread. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming.

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Waco, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Loved everything about it. I wish the Inn of the Mountain Gods had not become a Casino. We don't go there anymore, but used to love it.

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Midlothian, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We were looking for fry bread for our kids to try on a recent trip. I remember as a kid being able to find it on roadside stands but no longer. However, on the Mescalero Apache Reservation there is a small cafe called E. LA restaurant there. The staff was very friendly and they are reasonably priced. There is limited... More 

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old river ,texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

we drove up through the Mescalero apache reservation from Cloudcroft to Ruidoso and the landscape is magical, there were elk everywhere, the people that live there are very lucky to be in a place that has this kind of beauty

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Phoenix, Arizona
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

There is a feeling in the air that's hard to describe. We just drove through, and enjoyed the scenery. But there is something almost healing about being on their land. There is something wonderfully different about tthe Mescalero.

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Pipe Creek, Texas
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

If it were not for the Inn of the Mountain Gods there would be nothing for tourist to do on the reservation. The Apaches don't promote their reservation as do most of the other tribes in New Mexico. For them, it is just where they live and they don't have anything there for other people to do or see on... More 

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Zacatecas, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

i like the place it was beautiful to enjoy the view, and seeing the indians working there we love it. we like the original of the countries. so it was nice experience. i will definetly go again. soon

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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204 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 379 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We had a very brief visit to the cultural center located in the very large parking lot across from the community grocery store. No hours were posted. When we got there, it was closed for a break. When it opened, the caretaker told us we had ten minutes to visit as he had to leave for the day. So we... More 

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Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This offers a nice mix of activities . Walking in serene mountain landscapes to the bling on the Inn of the Mountain Gods there is enough here for a relaxing two day retreat.

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Address: Ruidoso, NM
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Ruidoso

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