NATIVE AMERICAN CASINOS IN NEW MEXICO
All casinos in New Mexico are affiliated with Native American tribes, and they all offer live table games, as well as electronic gaming machines.
New Mexico also allows slot machines at racetracks, as well as various fraternal and veterans clubs. The minimum gambling age at all New Mexico casinos is 21, for bingo or pari-mutuel betting the minimum age is 18.
All New Mexico casinos are open 24 hours and offer such games as: blackjack, roulette, craps, video slots and video poker. Select casinos also offer such games as: mini-baccarat, poker, Spanish 21, three card poker, four card poker, pai gow poker, Caribbean stud poker, ultimate Texas hold ‘em, let it ride, casino war, Mississippi stud, big 6 wheel, bingo, keno, and off-track betting.
New Mexico gaming regulations require that all electronic gaming machines that are located in racetracks, and fraternal/veteran’s organizations have a minimum return of 80%.
New Mexico is not a state that requires casinos to make their slot machine payback percentages public. Though in the terms of the compact between the state and the tribes, all gaming machines must have a minimum return of 80%. Many other states require the slot machine payback statistics for that particular state’s casinos to be released to the public. Click this link if you would like to see the slot machine payback statistics for casinos in all U.S. states.
New Mexico gaming laws prohibit casinos from serving alcohol on the casino floor, and may only be consumed in a bar or restaurant and not the casino itself.
There are four casinos located directly off of I-40, they are: Dancing Eagle, Sky City, the Downs Racetrack, and Casino Express. There are five casinos located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, they are: Downs Racetrack, Sandia, Isleta, Casino Express, and Palace West.
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Shown below is a list of New Mexico casinos. Click on a casino name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.
- Apache Nugget Travel Center and Casino
- Black Mesa Casino
- Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino
- Casino Apache Travel Center
- Casino Express
- Cities of Gold Casino Hotel
- Dancing Eagle Casino and RV Park
- Downs Racetrack and Casino at Albuquerque, The
- Fire Rock Casino
- Flowing Water Navajo Casino
- Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino
- Isleta Resort and Casino
- Northern Edge Navajo Casino
- Ohkay Casino Resort
- Palace West Casino
- Route 66 Casino
- Ruidoso Downs & Billy The Kid Casino
- Sandia Resort & Casino
- Santa Ana Star Casino
- Santa Claran Casino
- Sky City Casino Hotel
- Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
- SunRay Park and Casino
- Taos Mountain Casino
- Tesuque Casino
- Wild Horse Casino & Hotel
- Zia Park Race Track & Black Gold Casino
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TOP THINGS TO DO IN NEW MEXICO
New Mexico is among the top destinations in the United States and it is rich with magnificent sights, culture, fascinating history, and adventure opportunities. The state offers a wide range of opportunities for tourist of all types. It also has a strong influence from both Native America and Hispanic culture and it is surrounded by large cities like Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Some of the best things to do in New Mexico are listed below.
Explore the Carlsbad Caverns National Park
This park consists of about 120 known caves and it is located underground. It is believed that the caves were carved from limestone that is deposited in an ancient sea and the highlight of the park is the alien underground landscape. The best way to explore the park is to go on either self-guided audio tours or ranger-led tours. You can also go on bat tours where you visit some specific caves and then wander around the interesting geological formations. The park also offers diverse opportunities for back-country hikes and backpacking to tourists.
The closest casino and casino with a hotel to this attraction is Zia Park Casino Hotel & Racetrack.
Visit the White Sands National Monument
This monument is among the most magnificent landscapes in the US and can be found southwest of Alamogordo in the south of New Mexico. The monument is located in the Tularosa Basin which is a northern offshoot of the Chihuahua Desert and it is surrounded by rugged mountains that you can explore. It is believed that this white gypsum sand was constructed to a mind-blowing landscape of dunes which is about 60 feet high and they are constantly eroded by the wind.
The closest casino to this attraction is Casino Apache Travel Center.
The closest casino with a hotel to this attraction is Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino.
Explore Bandelier National Monument
This is a 33677-acre preserve which houses some of the most dramatic volcanic landscapes and archaeological ruins that you can visit. The monument was formerly the home of ancestral Pueblo people who occupied the area from AD 1150 to 1600. You are going to see some of the remains of the indigenous people such as masonry walls, dwellings that were carved from volcanic rock and also petroglyphs that show the culture and the daily life of Pueblo culture. The park also has an educational museum, campsites, and hiking trails that you can visit.
The closest casino to this attraction is Cities of Gold Casino Hotel.
The closest casino with a hotel to this attraction is Tesuque Casino.
Go sightseeing at Taos Pueblo
Taos Pueblo is considered to have the oldest continuously inhabited dwelling in the US and it is located just outside the city of Taos. The structures have stood for over 1000 years and it was built of straw-reinforced mud bricks and timber supported roofs. Taos Pueblo features apartment-style homes that can be about five stories high and the town accommodates about 150 people. The best way to explore the town is by going on a tour of the community which is designated as both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic Landmark. The town offers magnificent photo opportunities to tourist seeking for the best shots. Some of the top attractions not to miss here are historic Taos Plaza, Gorge Bridge, the St. Francis de Assisi Roman Catholic Church.
The closest casino to this attraction is Taos Mountain Casino.
The closest casino with a hotel to this attraction is Ohkay Casino Resort.
Visit Pecos National Historical Park
This park covers what was once among the largest Native American pueblos in the state and it was inhabited from the early 14th century till 1838. The park was expanded to 6600 acres of land in 1990. The best way to start exploring the park is by visiting the visitor center which houses exhibits and park information and it also offers the tourist an Ancestral Sites Walking tour where you will see evidence of the indigenous people in the area. The park also houses the Civil War battlefield of Glorieta Pass that you can explore with or without a guide. It also has a visitor center which offers tourist chance to go on a van tour of the Civil War site and the nearby Forked Lightning Ranch.
The closest casino to this attraction is Tesuque Casino.
The closest casino with a hotel to this attraction is Santa Ana Star Casino.
Experience Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque hosts the largest hot air balloon festival in the world and it attracts more than 80,000 people. This fiesta started in a parking lot in 1973 with only 13 balloons and it has now grown to occupy about the 365-acre park with over 500 balloons participating. This festival is a nine-day event and it is kicked off by a mind-blowing Mass Ascension which continued with stunning displays of coordinated ballooning and nighttime presentations. The festival also offers diverse activities that you can try out from kids’ activities to craft shows. While in the city, you should also make sure you visit the old town in the city which is where the Spanish first settled. You are also going to find the Albuquerque Museum which houses historical artifacts and exhibits about the area.
The closest casino to this attraction is Downs Racetrack and Casino.
The closest casino with a hotel to this attraction is Isleta Casino & Resort.