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Mescalero Apache Reservation

Ruidoso, NM
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Ranked #8 of 17 attractions in Ruidoso
Type: Reservations
Activities: Skiing, Gambling
Owner description: Established in 1873 by presidential order, this reservation covers 720 square miles of land in the south central part of New Mexico, where... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Hobbs, New Mexico
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Amarillo, Texas
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788 reviews 788 reviews
330 attraction reviews
274 helpful votes 274 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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Lubbock
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97 reviews 97 reviews
25 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Attended the Fathers Day Powwow and had an awesome time, in spite of stormy weather Fri night and wind with dirt on Saturday and Sunday. It is so pretty there and the people are friendly. Nice to have a pretty place to explore. Check it out on your next trip to New Mexico!

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Arlington, TX
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

While visiting friends in Ruidoso they took me to the restaurant located on the reservation. They serve New Mexico-style Mexican food (as opposed to Tex-Mex). The service was adequate, the place was clean and the food was above average. I would certainly go back - Recommended!

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El Paso, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

It's always fun to try your luck. There is a large casino area, private club, hotel, and many concerts. You can also rent paddle boats or relax by the lake. There is a nice restaurant and bar to relax also.

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Middletown, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Not to sure how to rate a whole reservation lol But anyway I love to drive through and look at all the beautiful mountain life. Its truly an amazingly beautiful place. I love that I only live 45 minutes away!

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Keller, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We've been to the casino a number of times and the atmosphere is very nice. The food at the buffet was nothing to write home about but it wasn't terrible. The service was excellent by all staff we encountered.

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Lubbock, TX
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152 reviews 152 reviews
33 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The Casino is one of the best in New Mexico. Played Black Jack all day. The buffett at the Gathering of Nations restaurant had everything you could possibly think. Gorgeous golf course, and comedy night and concerts. Live music. A great vacation destination.

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Zuni, New Mexico
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The hotel was guite lovely. We went to see a concert being held there. The concert was great but you felt like sardines crammed into too small a space. They need to space out the chairs a bit. There was no leg room and you couldn't move, you were shoulder to shoulder with your fellow concert goers. I know they... More

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