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Mescalero Apache Reservation

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Address: Ruidoso, NM

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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Beautiful drive-not that entertaining

The drive through the Mescalero Apache Reservation was very beautiful! We had gone to the Inn of the Mountain Gods for brunch and it was delicious and reasonably priced. The Inn... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 February 2016
Donna H
Wimberley, Texas
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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62 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

When you enter the Mescalero Apache Reservation you are greeted by murals done by tribal citizens. These murals dipict the history of the tribe that had the entire U.S Army chasing them up and down into Mexico and New Mexico; it also honors many tribal men that have served in many American conflicts when even at a time they could... More 

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Bedford, Texas
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

What an awesome experience to visit this reservation high atop the mountains. Beautiful views, friendly people and plenty to do! Will go back again and again!

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Houston, Texas
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

We traveled through the Mescalero Apache Reservation, but only stopped at the Inn of the Mountain Gods for lunch. The Reservation has beautiful mountains and a lake. This place is a hotel, casino, and music venue. As far as entertainment, I think this is it for the reservation. The trip was worth it to me because of the scenery.

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Wimberley, Texas
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51 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

The drive through the Mescalero Apache Reservation was very beautiful! We had gone to the Inn of the Mountain Gods for brunch and it was delicious and reasonably priced. The Inn was beautiful. On the reservation, there was some signs of poverty, but overall the reservation is filled with wildlife and beauty! I'm very glad we took the scenic route!

2 Thank Donna H
Denver, Colorado
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298 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 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

1 Thank Nate H
Abilene, Texas
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33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 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.

13 Thank Karen M
West, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

We enjoyed attending the rodeo, and of course the fry bread. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming.

5 Thank Mrz12B
Waco, Texas
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 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.

1 Thank granbear
Midlothian, Texas
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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 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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old river ,texas
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 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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