Inn of the Mountain Gods
287 Carrizo Canyon Rd., Ruidoso, New Mexico, 88340, USA
There is nothing run-of-the-mill about this beautifully designed hotel and resort. The luxurious rooms and common areas are decorated with contemporary Southwestern flourishes and nods to the inn's Mescalero Apache ownership. Stunning bronze crown dancer sculptures are found at the entrance to the resort, which includes a 38,000-square-foot casino with 1,000 slot machines. The views here are stunning; many windows overlook a serene lake and (in winter) the nearby snow-crusted mountain peak of Sierra Blanca. Big-game hunts, a championship golf course, guided fishing trips, wedding facilities, excellent food; it's all here. This resort is more Aspen in feel than southeastern New Mexico—with all the graciousness and none of the pretense.
- luxury and a great staff
- lingering smell of cigarette smoke in the public areas
- if you don't like the casino scene, even at the high end, this is probably not the place for you
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