Registration Underway For Mescalero’s 2015 Big Game Hunt

Six-Day Hunting Packages Offered at Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Mescalero Apache Reservation
Registration Underway For Mescalero’s 2015 Big Game Hunt
Inn of the Mountain Gods
Inn of the Mountain Gods

Mescalero, N.M. – -( With more than 460,000 acres of open hunting area and a healthy, growing elk herd, the Mescalero Apache Reservation is a must-visit destination for big game hunters.

Within the confines of this sub-alpine and valley terrain, hunters experience the pride of hunting some of the finest bull elk, cow elk, bear and wild Merriam turkey in North America.

This distinction comes as a direct result of the Tribe’s commitment to build strong and healthy herds after they reintroduced 162 Rocky Mountain elk to the region during the late 1960s. The native Merriam elk were tragically driven to extinction during the early 1900s. Today, however, the Tribe’s current elk herd numbers over 4,200 head with 72 percent of the cows giving birth each year, ensuring the herds and the hunts will continue to be successful for years to come.

Inn of the Mountain Gods, owned and operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe, invites hunters to enjoy an unforgettable experience with their Big Game Hunts including the ultimate Bull-Elk Package. Starting at $14,500, the packages include six nights of lodging in one of the Inn’s 273 luxury rooms, one hunting permit, breakfast each morning as well as boxed lunches and dinners for each day on the hunt. Additionally, the package includes one vehicle piloted by a reservation hunting guide, horses, standard skinning and processing, and complete access to the entire hunting ground parameters.

Those not interested in trophy hunting may purchase a Management Bull-Elk Package for $2,000. A management bull-elk is classified as any elk with one or more abnormal or freak antlers. These packages include the same amenities as the trophy Bull-Elk Package, however management elk hunters are prohibited from harvesting trophy elk, and are responsible for the cost of said elk. Management packages are limited to 25 permits.

Each hunt lasts four days, with check-in and checkout the days before and after respectively. Package add-ons are also available for non-hunters.

The Big Game Hunt coincides with Mescalero’s already thriving hunting season, where hunters are exposed to a variety of prey like bears, cow-elk, and Merriam turkey. Bull-elk hunters are invited to add a Merriam turkey permit to their package for $250.

Package Dates:

  • Management Hunt 1 Aug. 22-26
  • Bull-Elk Hunt 1 Sept. 12-16
  • Bull-Elk Hunt 2 Sept. 19-23
  • Bull-Elk Hunt 3 Sept. 26-30
  • Management Hunt 2 Jan. 6-10, 2016

For more information, head to or call the Mescalero Big Game Hunts office at (575) 464-9770.

About Inn of the Mountain Gods
Inn of the Mountain Gods is New Mexico’s premier resort-casino destination situated high in the picturesque mountains of Mescalero, New Mexico. Just outside of Ruidoso, the Inn is set in the cool, tall pines of the Sacramento Mountains where visitors enjoy clean, crisp air, breathtaking scenery, exciting entertainment and the best casino action in the Southwest. From the welcoming design of its 273 luxury rooms and suites, numerous dining options, and 38,000 square feet of action-packed gaming, Inn of the Mountain Gods has it all. Add to that a championship golf course named one of the top courses in the country by Golf Digest and Golf Week Magazine, and the country’s southernmost ski area, Ski Apache, offering the best warm-weather powder skiing in the world with 55 runs served by 11 lifts and New Mexico’s only eight-passenger Gondola, the Inn offers guests something for every season.

About Apache Wind Rider ZipTour
The Apache Wind Rider ZipTour at Ski Apache at Ski Apache, Inn of the Mountain Gods’ sister resort, starts at over 11,000 feet in elevation above the “Apache Bowl” and tops more than 8,800 feet in total length with the first leg reaching more than 5,000 feet long and speeds of up to 60 mph. For more information, or

About Apache Eagle ZipRider
The Apache Eagle ZipRider takes guest over beautiful Lake Mescalero for unparalleled views of the Lake and Inn of the Mountain Gods. The ZipRider reaches over 7,000 feet in elevation and tops at more than 2,600 feet in total length with a smooth ride of 55 mph. For more information, visit

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Kevin Howell
Kevin Howell
5 years ago

Can you send me information on a bear hunt? Cost, dates, etc.?
Thanks for your help!

Dale Bettis
Dale Bettis
5 years ago

Can you email me an application for a 2016 elk hunt application thank you