The Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation, bordering Ruidoso to the west, is inhabited by more than 4,500 Mescalero Apaches, most of whom work for the tribal government or for the tribally owned Inn of the Mountain Gods, one of the state's most elegant resorts and a major destination for visitors from all over the country and Mexico. Also on the reservation are a general store, a trading post, and a museum where a 12-minute video about life on the reservation is screened.
Regular talks are also given on the history and culture of the Mescalero Apaches. There are campsites here (with hookups at Silver and Eagle lakes only) and picnic areas. The July 4th weekend dances, which include a rodeo, powwow, and the lovely dances of young women going through puberty rites, are open to the public.