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Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino reopens Aug. 31

(Courtesy of Foundry PR)


Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino will welcome back guests beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31.

The Mescalero Apache Tribe decided to reopen the property with enhanced safety measures in place.

“Sovereignty allows tribes to make necessary decisions to protect their citizens as they know best what their people need,” Frizzell Frizzell Jr., chief operating officer at Inn of the Mountain Gods states a news release issued by the casino. “Our tribal leadership has worked tirelessly to ensure that every decision is made with the needs of the Mescalero Apache Tribe in mind, while also following the guidance of leading health and government officials and recommendations by the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).”

Inn of the Mountain Gods, located in Mescalero near Ruidoso, will open its casino floor from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. daily. It will close for deep cleaning from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. Table games, with exception of poker, will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday through Saturday starting Tuesday, Sept. 1, according to an Inn of the Mountain Gods news release.

The Sportsbook at the Inn will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday through Monday with kiosk sports betting available during operating hours. The Little Arbor snack bar features an extended menu and will offer carry-out only from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday through Saturday. The Stronghold gift shop will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to midnight Friday through Saturday, according to the news release.

A designated patio area next to the casino will be available for outdoor dining. The hotel, Spa at the Inn, Topgolf Swing Suite, Wendell’s Steak and Seafood, Broken Arrow Tap House, Apache Tee and Gathering of Nations Buffet will remain closed until further notice.

Information and restrictions can be found at

Its sister location, the Casino Apache Travel Center, reopened on Aug. 24. Its casino floor is open from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. daily. It will close from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. for deep cleaning. The convenience store will open from 8 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Smokey B’s will be open for food carry-out from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. The Round Bar remains temporarily closed, according to a Casino Apache news release.

For more information and updates on Casino Apache, call 800-545-9011 or visit

Outdoor recreational activities and amenities including boating, fishing, golf and zip lining will operate by advanced reservation only with limits to parties of the same group, according to the Inn of the Mountain Gods news release. The Inn of the Mountain Gods Championship Golf Course will be open Wednesday through Sunday. Zip lining and boating will be available Friday through Sunday.

Enhanced safety measures are in place including physical distancing, rigorous cleaning and sanitization guidelines as well as mandatory face-covering protocols, according to the news release. Smoking is prohibited indoors. Temperature checks will be done upon entry to protect the health and safety of patrons and team members.

“The health and safety of our guests and team members has always been and remains our highest priority,” Frizzell Jr. states in the news release. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, tribal nations have set an example for sound, future-oriented policy as sovereign nations.”

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