Inn of the Mountain Gods, west of Ruidoso off Highway 70, in the Mescalero Apache Reservation, is a 4 Diamond resort complete with 18-hole golf course, Las Vegas style casino, fine dining, outfitter guides and convention center.
Mescalero, is the heart of the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation. The Mescalero Fish Hatchery, 8 miles from Ruidoso, established in 1965, supplies game fish to Native American waterways, and has displays of fish & culture info. (575) 464-4401. The Mescalero Cultural Center exhibits baskets, clothing and photographs from the Apache culture. (575) 464-4494, ext. 254.
Tularosa, Round Mountain can be seen on the south side of Hwy. 70 coming out of the Sacramento Mountains. The cross on top of Round Mountain was placed there by Tularosa villagers in remembrance of those who fought at the battle of Round Mountain in 1868.
The Tularosa Museum has artifacts and historical accounts of those who lived in the Tularosa area. For tours call (575) 585-2057. The Tularosa Vineyards, approximately 2 miles North of Tularosa, grow several varieties of grapes from which they make their wines, including the Mission grape brought to the area by the original settlers. Tours, tasting and sales. (575) 585-2260, 1-(800) 687-4467.
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is about 23 miles North of Tularosa on Highway 54. A trail beginning at the visitor’s shelter winds through piles of rocks decorated with thousands of drawings carved in the rocks by the Jornada Mongollon Indians as far back as 1,000 years ago. There is also an ancient dwelling site and a picnic and camping area. (575) 525-4300.
Eagle Ranch Pistachios Groves and Visitor Center, approximately 5 1/2 miles south of Tularosa, has a gift shop featuring pistachio nut products, NM wine, homemade treats, local crafts, and unique southwestern gifts. Visit the Art Gallery, Coffee shop, and ask about tours. (575) 434-0035. McGinn’s PistachioLand is located between Tularosa and Alamogordo. They offer pistachio samples, 12 flavors of ice cream in their ice cream parlor, daily tours 10 am to 4 pm, and free wine samples from the Arena Blanca Winery. They are home to the World’s Largest Pistachio. 800-368-3081.