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Address: Ruidoso, NM
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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
Mrz12B
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West, Texas
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Denver, Colorado
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293 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

An interesting place to spend a little bit of time, but wouldn't really go out of my way. If you're driving on your way to Alamogordo, probably 50/50 if it's worth a stop. The drive down is beautiful, forests are well manicured and generally healthy, watch for wildlife

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Abilene, Texas
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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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6 Thank Karen M
West, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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2 Thank Mrz12B
Waco, Texas
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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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1 Thank granbear
Midlothian, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 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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3 Thank MarshaE28
old river ,texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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1 Thank Rossy A
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 357 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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