Attendees Immerse Themselves in the Outdoors at Inn of the Mountain Gods


Inn of the Mountain Gods, Ski Apache, Lake Mescalero
The beauty of Lake Mescalero in summer.

Summer at the Inn of the Mountain Gods means so much more than golf and gaming.

Groups can enjoy many outdoor teambuilding activities in the beautiful New Mexico weather, including the brand new Apache Eagle Zip Rider and Apache Wind Rider Zip Tour. The three-span Apache Wind Rider is the highest zip line in the United States, at 11,500 feet in elevation above what’s known as the “Apache Bowl,” and covers more than 8,900 feet in total length, with views of the Lincoln National forest and Sierra Blanca Mountain. The Apache Eagle Rider Zip Tour is a three-minute ride spanning 2,668 feet at an exhilarating 55 mile per hour. Zipliners race across Lake Mescalero at 7,185 feet.

Nearby Ski Apache is fun in summer too, and groups can choose from nature hikes, horseback riding or bicycling on five and a half miles of mountain bike trails. Kayaks and paddle boats are available to take people out on lovely Lake Mescalero. With an annual stock of nearly 20,000 trout, the lake offers ideal fishing conditions in spring and summer. There’s also a year-round sporting clay range, a sport that has made a comeback with groups.

The 273-room Southwestern-style resort was established by the Mescalero Apache Tribe and has more than 40,000 sf of meeting space in 15 different rooms. In summer, the popular casino is open 24 hours a day.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.