Indoor and Outdoor Recreation

Inn of the Mountain Gods is nestled in the beauty of the Sacramento Mountains outside of Ruidoso. It is New Mexico’s premier mountain resort & casino. The beautiful mountain getaway is owned and operated by the Mescalero Apache tribe, providing a much needed economic hub for the community. They provide affordable, AAA Four-Diamond service. However, the Inn of the Mountain Gods is more than a hotel.

Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero


There’s always something to do at Inn of the Mountain Gods – even if that involves doing nothing at all. Some visitors simply appreciate the peace and tranquility of the area, whether that’s lazing the day away in a deck chair, taking a relaxing soak in the indoor pool, or walking the beautiful lakefront path. However, there are a lot of choices for active folks. Inn of the Mountain Gods is a vibrant entertainment venue in the region. Additionally, the facility offers an abundance of outdoor activities for both hotel guests and visitors to Ruidoso, including a full casino and spa, restaurants, bars and lounges, biking, hiking, zip lining, hunting, fishing, skiing at Ski Apache and much more.


The Spa at Inn of the Mountain Gods offers a full range of spa services for guests who want to indulge in a little self-care or hedonism. Skin Care, body treatments, massages, hair design, waxing, nails, and makeup provide ample opportunity for pampering and relaxation.

Inn of the Mountain Gods golf course

Championship Golf

Experience New Mexico golf at its finest on one of the most spectacular golf courses in the country. Nestled among tall pine trees under the majestic Sierra Blanca Peak, the impressive Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort Championship Golf Course was designed by Ted Robinson. This New Mexico Golf course features an island fairway as well as fast-breaking greens that are not only beautiful to see, but quite challenging to play. Go see why their Championship Golf Course garnered a top spot in Golf Digest’s “Top 40 Casino Golf Courses” rankings!

Call 1-800-545-9011 Ext: 7941 for more information.

Bike Rentals

Inn of the Mountain Gods has miles of bike paths. Visitors are welcome to bring their own bikes or to rent bikes by the hour. All rentals are “First Come, First Serve.” For more information, please call the Boat Dock at 575-464-7957. Their hours are 7am-7pm daily and the last rental is at 6 pm (1 hour rental). All bicyclists must be at least 14 years old to ride alone. For persons under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a liability waiver. All bike rentals come with safety helmet.

Bike Type 1 Hour Extra Hour 1 Hour + 1 Person Trailer
Adult Bike $12 + tax $8 +tax $20 +tax
Kids Bike $12 +tax $8 +tax N/A
Tandem Bike $22 +tax $8 +tax N/A

Horseback riding at Inn of the Mountain GodsHorseback Riding

Take in the beautiful scenery of the Sacramento Mountains on horseback. The riding stables are open through October (weather permitting) Closed during scheduled Big Game Hunting. Riders must be at least 8 years of age. Reservations required. For more information or to book reservations, call Inn of the Mountain Gods Stables at 575-464-7424 or the Hunt Lodge at 575-464-7448.


Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino sits on the shores of beautiful Lake Mescalero. Stocked with nearly 20,000 trout annually, the lake provides guests of the Inn with a unique dawn ’till dusk fishing experience.

Fishing is open year round to everyone. Inn of the Mountain Gods provides:

  • Fishing Permits (one permit per fishing rod)– $18.00 plus tax
  • Bait – Cost varies, dependent on what type of bait is purchased
  • Pole Rentals – $15 with a $15 refundable deposit. This is required for all fishing poles
  • Assorted bait and fishing tackle available at an additional cost.

The above can be purchased daily at the boat house. The fishing permits can be purchased at the Concierge desk, located on the 5th floor of the hotel or down at the boat house, located by the lake. The permits are good from sunrise to sunset on the date of purchase only and can only be used at Inn of the Mountain Gods lake. State licenses are not required on this lake. Click here for more fishing information. Also, check the Tribal Fish Hatchery website for additional information.

Boating on Lake Mescalero

Kayaks, Pedal Boats and Stand Up Paddle Boards

The Boat Dock is open from 7am-7pm daily. Last boat leaves at 6:30pm for a 30 min ride.

Boat Type 30 Minutes 1 Hour
Row Boat $25 +tax $35 +tax
Row Boat w/motor $30 +tax $40 +tax
4 Seat Pedal Boat $30 +tax $40 +tax
2 Seat Pedal Boat $25 +tax $35 +tax
Kayak $20 +tax $30 +tax
Double Kayak $25 +tax $35 +tax
Stand Up Paddle Board $25 +tax $35 +tax

Hours: 7am-7pm for boats all week

Boating is weather permitted and prices vary from anywhere between $20-$40 depending on boat type and length of ride.

All boater must be 14 years or older to ride alone. For persons under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a liability waiver.

*Rent one kayak, get one kayak FREE! (excludes weekends and holidays).

*Special Combo 1: One pole + one Fishing Permit $29.00 +tax and $15 deposit.
*Special Combo 2: Row boat w/motor (3hrs) and Fishing Permit $90.00 +tax.

Deposits are not included in final sales price and will be fully refunded upon return of undamaged fishing pole.

Big Game Hunts

The Mescalero Apache Reservation is the home of Mescalero Big Game Hunts. Within the confines of this sub-alpine and valley terrain, hunters can pursue bull elk, cow elk, bear and wild birds. For more information on hunting please contact the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

Big Game Hunts
Phone: (575) 464-9770 / (575) 464-7448
Fax: (575) 464-0309

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino
C/O Big Game Hunt
287 Carrizo Canyon Road
Mescalero , NM 88340

Ski Apache

Ski Apache is located atop Sierra Blanca in the Sacramento mountains. It is the southernmost ski resort in the United States.

Ski Apache
87 Carrizo Canyon Road
Mescalero, New Mexico
Toll Free 800-545-9011
Local 575-464-3600

Hours of Operation

Open Daily June 25 – July 28 |  Thursday – Sunday | 9am – 4pm

Season Passes

Pass Type June 30th – start of season
Full Price
April 1st to June 30th
(30% Discount)
Adult Any Day $800 $560
Adult Weekday $500 $350
Teen (13-17) $600 $420
Child (6-12) or Mid (55-69) $500 $350
Military $550 $385

Online Ticket Prices

Save time and money by purchasing your tickets online. Tickets for Military and Military children cannot be purchased online.

ADULT TEEN 13-17 CHILD 12 & Under SENIOR 60-69
Any Lift – One Day $74.00 $65.00 $54.00 $67.00
Any Lift – Two Consecutive Days $148.00 $130.00 $108.00 $134.00
Any Lift – Three Consecutive Days $213.00 $186.00 $156.00 $192.00
Any Lift – Four Consecutive Days $284.00 $248.00 $208.00 $256.00
Any Lift – Half Day (After 1:00 PM) $52.00 $45.00 $38.00 $47.00
Super Senior (70+ years young) – Any Lift SKI FREE
Super Senior (70+ years young) – Gondola Ride $6.00
Gondola Ride Only (5 and under ride FREE) $35.00 $25.00 Same as teen Same as teen

Ski Apache trailsMountain Biking

Ski Apache recently completed 5.5 miles of mountain biking trail. The grade is between 6% – 8% (steepness), down from the peak of Sierra Blanca at the top of the gondola, back to the base area of Ski Apache. All riders that plan on riding the gondola must fill out a waiver form at the ticket desk. Download your release here and bring it with you.

Helmets are required for all bikers. No dogs are allowed on the mountain bike trail. Also, no smoking on the mountain.

All Day
Adult – $35
Children 12 and under – $25

1/2 Day (4 hours)
Adult – $25
Children 12 and under – $15

Fees do not include bike rental. See bike rental fees below.

Mountain Bike Rental

Ski Apache has rental bikes for Men, Women, and Children. Pick your style and choose from the standard rentals or from the full suspension fleet. They rent helmets and have gloves, tubes and tires available for sale.

No reservations. Rentals are based on first come, first served. Bikes can be picked up anytime after the office opens on the first day of the rental. They must be dropped off before 5:00 pm on the last day. Helmets are required on Ski Apache trails. Child bike rentals are for Jr. and Child courses only.

Full Day Rental

Adult 13+ $55
Junior 10-12
Senior 55+
Child 6-10
(No Gondola ticket required)

Half Day Rental

Adult 13+ $45
Junior 10-12
Senior 55+
Child 6-10
(No Gondola ticket required)


Shin and Elbow Pads $15 Flat Rate
Full Body Armor with Bike Rental $25
Full Body Armor without Bike Rental $35
Helmet $10
Bike Insurance $10


Zip Lining

The zip line that launches from the top of Sierra Blanca is the third longest in the world. It launches from 11,489 feet above sea level and travels up to 65 mph down three stretches of line, totaling 8,890 feet. There are parallel cables so riders can glide down the mountain with a friend.

  • Minimum Weight: 50 lbs
  • Maximum Weight: 260 lbs
  • Minimum Height: 52″
  • Maximum Height: 80″
  • Minimum Age: 10 years old

Adult (13+ years old) – $95
Child or Senior (Child: 10-12, Senior: 55+)
Tandem (5-9 yrs. of age ONLY. A guide rides with the child): $125

Scenic Gondola

From the lava flows and white sands of the Tularosa Basic to the lush, green beauty of the Sacramento Mountains, the view from the top of Sierra Blanca is epic. Great respite from the heat in the summer, with ample wildlife spotting opportunities on the way. Groups of 25 or more receive 20% off gondola rides.

Children – $25
Adults – $35

Gondola may shut down due to weather. Check the local weather report or call (575) 464-3600 for status.

Inn of thLake Mescalero and Sierra Blancae Mountain Gods golf course


Looking for a good workout or a leisurely stroll? With over five miles of hiking trails to offer, Ski Apache has trails for both. See the tail map above.

If you get tired on the hike up the mountain, they provide a ride down on the gondola free of charge. Be sure to check the local weather forecast beforehand. Mountain storms may produce flash floods and lighting. Always carry water and sunscreen.

Inn of the Mountain Gods logoInn of the Mountain Gods
87 Carrizo Canyon Road
Mescalero, New Mexico
Toll Free 800-545-9011
Local 575-464-7059

Getting There

The Inn of the Mountain Gods is located 5 miles west of Ruidoso, 11 miles from Ski Apache.

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