Inn Of The Mountain Gods Resort & Casino

287 Carrizo Canyon Rd, Mescalero, New Mexico, 88340, United States | 4 star hotel
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Travel Blogs from Mescalero

Aliens and Cowboys

A travel blog entry by sidsnow on Jun 20, 2014

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Hubbard in a great stop. Has lots of old west items to look at. some great Indian artifacts.
If you are in the area it is a great stop.

Location of camp grounds and weather made today and early stop.

Temp has dropped from the high 90's to the 70', Sat 21 June, AM, running heater it is 54 out side.

Bring Your Imagination

A travel blog entry by bascarmel on Jun 09, 2014

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... Mogollon (hor-NAH-da muggy-OWN) rock art. The number and concentration of petroglyphs make this one of the largest and most interesting rock art sites in the Southwest. The rock art was made between 400 AD and 1200 AD with stone tools by removing the dark patina on the exterior of the rocks. It was fun to look at one and try to imagine what the artist had in mind while making it. Some were very easy to decipher and others are still a ...

Beautiful Flowers and Beautiful Jewelry

A travel blog entry by bascarmel on Jun 04, 2014

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In Hondo, near Ruidoso, there is an Iris Farm and we were able to see the acres of various types of flowers still viable in early June along with Hummingbird feeders.

Also in Hondo was a unique Jewelry Factory where earrings, bracelets, etc are made by pouring pewter into hand-made rubber molds. ...

Bike For Sale

A travel blog entry by hamlin-hart on Apr 06, 2014

1 comment, 5 photos

... hour and half ride to get to Carlsbad. So we decided to stay here in Cloudcroft. The hotel we are in appears to be an updated brothel. It's quite interesting. We will be waking up to 27 degrees in the morning. We are meeting up with Dad and Uncle Rod sometime and somewhere tomorrow to continue our journey west. My bike is for sale to anyone interested. Has new ...

White Sands and Alamogordo (written by Corey)

A travel blog entry by clendenens on Apr 03, 2014

1 comment, 12 photos

We've spent the last couple of days in Alamogordo, NM. The drive from Carlsbad was beautiful. After talking to the KOA folks (very friendly and helpful), we decided to skip the more scenic but very steep, twisty route and instead went north through Roswell (didn't stop for the alien stuff), then went west through some gentler mountain highways. It was not a bad drive at all. I know I'm going to have to ...

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This 4 star hotel, located on 287 Carrizo Canyon Rd, Mescalero, is near Casino Apache, Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs Race Track, and Free Spirits at Noisy Water.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Inn Of The Mountain Gods Resort & Casino Mescalero

    We loved it!


    Stayed there on Spring break with the kids and rented a suite. All I can say is wow. Lake views, 2 balcony's. Staff was excellent and the gambling was great. Skiing was sunshine and it snowed the last day.

    We had a blast. The Buffet was overpriced and food not that great, but you should be eating Rio Cafe anyway.

    Not bad - needs another restaurant


    We stayed at the Inn of the Mountain Gods for three nights in November 2005.

    Our room was really comfortable and looked over the lake. The room still looked new and all the fixtures and fittings seemed high quality. It had a really comfortable bed and the bathroom was large and well-lit. We asked to be moved after the first night because we couldn't get any hot water but the second room was fine.

    My biggest criticism of the Inn of the Mountain Gods is that it has no proper mid-range restaurant. If you don't want to eat at Wendells (very expensive for dinner) then you have a choice of the buffet (a bit like a big school cafeteria) or the bar in the casino (dark and a limited menu). I really think that the place could do with another restaurant. We ended up going back down the road to Ruidoso to the Cattle Baron for dinner - very good. For breakfast, Wendells does not cost a lot more than the buffet and was excellent. Really good food and fabulous views over the lake.

    My other main criticism is that the casino lacked any real atmosphere. This may be unfair as the only other casinos I have experienced have been in Las Vegas but I thought that it all seemed a bit depressing. I also didn't realise that you can't get alcoholic drinks in the casino itself, only in the bar or restaurants.

    Given the fantastic setting, I think that they could have offered more activities. For example, it would have been nice to have been able to walk round the lake, but you are not allowed to.

    We got some sort of special offer and paid 99 USD for the room (check the hotel website for special deals) and I thought that it was a great room for the price. If I needed to stay in the area again, I would certainly consider the Inn of the Mountain Gods.

    Artwork is everywhere


    Contrary to the post I just read, artwork was everywhere. The lobby and open areas had both paintings and statues in the areas the guests traveled from the parking area to the casino. The buffet was fully open and functional. Food was good both times we ate at the buffet. Servers were pleasant and helpful. Weekends were crowded and the buffet line was long and there was a wait. Week days the food was better and there was no line. The picutures I have already posted from the outside entrance was just an example of what was inside.

    Beautiful Hotel


    This is a beautiful facility. The rooms are large, immaculate, comfortable and nicely appointed with a spectacular view of the lake, golf course and mountains. Wonderful to sit out on the private balcony with a cup of coffee and take in the view. Dining choices are limited. Buffet is, well . . . . a buffet. Casino is large although slot machines earn their name of 'one arm bandits'. All in all, it was a very pleasant weekend.



    I thought the whole place was just terrific!!! One of the nicest places I have ever stayed. Staff was friendly, very proud of their new facility. Food was excellent. Dance band was super.

    Alva, Oklahoma

    Much ado about very little


    Expecting as much excitement as the ads indicate, our visit to the Inn of the Mountain Gods left us wanting more of what we had expected--namely Indian artwork, many fun activities, excitement and a good time. Although we booked the last reservation for this period, the main thing we found was gobs of people of all ages.

    ~The choices of restaurants were Wendell's--a fancy white tableclothed restaurant where all the tables were already reserved for a wedding, or a buffet and wait in line. Some of the reservation and restaurant people were young girls who it seemed had not faced this situation before and didn't care what happened. By chance we found out that we could eat at the lounge which was more appetizing anyway, but tables were numbered.

    ~The art display was a tiny, hot store with very little variety of artwork. The one employee served water, coffee, books, alka seltzer, etc. T shirts were pretty, but one size fits all so maybe a size 16 misses was fit appropriately.

    ~The buffet was a limited affair with haphazard choices. Although they advertised all these exotic cuisines only one eating area was open. The servants were very good, but choices limited

    ~Valet service was very quick, pleasant and professional. They took your vehicle and returned it very efficiently and quickly.

    I would have loved to have been offered more activities on the lake, more things that are authentic to buy, a bigger choice of foods, including Indian bread, tacos, etc.

    ~Although prices are listed as starting at $129 that is not available on the weekend and the place is quickly filled.

    ~Beds and rooms were very comfortable and clean. Water pressure was very good.

    ~The view of the lake was breathtaking

    Greatly improved


    We recently visited the new inn of the mountain gods ( we have stayed there before the reconstruction)---the new facilities are fabulous--huge guest rooms with beautiful furniture and state of the arts electronics. two restaurants--Gathering of Nations buffet style--food was excellent and was better than most Las vegas style buffets---upscale dining at Wendells was a great experience--well priced wines but expensive food--service outstanding--the golf course is first class and all public areas beautiful--as noted by other reviews the service is naive--however, evidence of intensive training abounds--this is not the service you get at a four star hotel in an urban area.--casino is very nice good table games--stingy slots--no alcohol allowed in casino--but soft drinks available.

    Rude Staff, need Texas Hospitality training!


    The place was nice, but staff lacked hospitality training and rude at times.

    Staff needs training in the better things in life


    Good location. Good sceenery. Food okay. Service - naive at best.

    On one occasion, my wife wore a stylish hat in the dining room. They insisted she take it off because, no hats allowed was the rule. I thought that was quite humorous.

    They have some pretty good fishing in the lake but no place to cook them. I think if they had an outside fish cleaning facility and a small place to cook the fish, it would help their business.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Inn Of The Mountain Gods Resort & Casino Mescalero

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good