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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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Historic and Interesting

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 5, 2015
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Canada
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134 reviews 134 reviews
29 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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Navasota, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Enjoyed the Inn of the Mountain Gods casino! We won and had a good time playing and taking in the football game at the bar. Machines are good but take either pennies or dollars! Driving through the area the scenery was beautiful and everything covered in snow!

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Bertram, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The scenery was nice and they have guided hunting trips available as well as walking trails and a casino with inn and gold course

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Houston, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
7 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My brother and I used to go camping on the reservation when we were younger......years ago. We remember the great camping & fishing that was available and the absence of commercialism. So disappointing to see that there is now a casino, no camping or fishing like what we knew, and it's just so commercialized now. Disappointing.

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Abilene, Texas, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Hubby and I went for dinner, gambling, and Bill Engvall show. Dinner was really good. Service was excellent. Casino was really clean, and the smoke smell wasn't overwellming. The show was fun, seats were really close together. Great time.

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Sallisaw, Oklahoma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The hotel/casino is located in such a gorgeous setting and it is such a beautiful complex, from the unique entrance to the beautiful décor. This is definitely a must see.

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Colleyville, Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The Ruidoso NM area has received a lot of rain this summer and the golf course at The Inn of the Mountain Gods is in excellent shape. The fairways were lush and the greens were fast and true. The layout is spectacular as winds it's way through the tall pines, numerous water hazards, and elevation changes. With the wet conditions,... More 

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Hobbs, New Mexico
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

They do it up right with a rodeo, tribal dancing, and vendors. We enjoyed the rodeo very much and also the hoop dancers! Very talented! The weather was pretty perfect, probably didn't get above 80, and at one point gave us a nice shower! The area is beautiful and it is really neat to see the native traditions. I highly... More 

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Texas
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1,005 reviews 1,005 reviews
402 attraction reviews
388 helpful votes 388 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

A pleasant drive through going from Ruidoso to either Cloud Crofth or Alamogordo. They have several restaurants and casinos. But it is also goof to visit some of the tribal areas and get the field of the actual reservation and not just the tourist spots. Years ago we also went to one of the tribal Powwows it was great to... More 

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The reservation is a pretty place to visit and I enjoy that. I don't gamble so I usually just go to the casino to eat. The buffet isn't as good as it used to be and the service isn't like it used to be either. The food used to be great and so was the service. Maybe it's just on... More 

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