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Mescalero Apache Reservation

Ruidoso, NM
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Ranked #8 of 18 Attractions in Ruidoso
Type: Reservations, Cultural
Activities: Skiing, Gambling
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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.
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Bertram, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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950 reviews 950 reviews
391 attraction reviews
351 helpful votes 351 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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130 reviews 130 reviews
29 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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