Casinos in Northern New Mexico


New Mexico has an array of casinos throughout the state, with more than half of them in the northern part of the state.  They vary greatly, ranging from a single building with a few hundred electronic slot machines to full-blown resorts with hotels, spas, convention centers, and multiple restaurants.  Each gambler has their own preference for the style of gaming they like.

The following is a list compiled by Horse Tail Trails of the casinos in Northern New Mexico.  Remember, all things in moderation; game responsibly.


Flowing Waters Navajo Casino
2710 US highway 64
Waterflow, New Mexico 87421



The recently opened Flowering Waters is five miles outside of Shiprock.  It is one of two casinos run by the Navajo Nation.  The establishment has 120 gaming machines and will likely expand in the years to come.


Flowering Waters

Fire Rock Navajo Casino

249 Route 118 East
Church Rock, New Mexico 87311


A 64,000 square-foot casino with 472 slot machines and 10 table games.  The casino features a poker room with blackjack tables and a bingo hall that seats 400 people.  Fire Rock features two food options; Cheii Grill & Pub as well as a Food Court.


Fire Rock

Jicarilla Inn and Wild Horse Casino
Best Western
13603 US Highway 64
Dulce, New Mexico 87529



Mon-Wed 11AM-1AM
Thu 9AM-1AM
Fri-Sat 9AM-2AM

This Jicarilla Apache casino is located in Dulce.  The hotel is a Best Western with 42 guest rooms.  In house dining options include the Hillcrest Restaurant & Coffee Shop and Trophy's Bar.  With over 150 machines and open ‘til 1AM on average, it’s a great get-away casino to go visit.

Jicarilla Wild Horse Casino

The Santa Claran Casino, Bowling Center & Resort
460 No. Riverside Drive
Espanola, NM 87532



Mon – Thur: 8AM - 4AM
Fri – Sun: 24 hours

The Santa Claran (formerly known as Big Rock) is located in the heart of Espanola, making it central to many of the local attractions.  Every effort was made in the hotel’s construction to embody the feeling of Pueblo architecture and traditional New Mexico art styles.  The facility features a hotel with 124 guest rooms, The Big Rock Bowling Center, and a gift shop.  The casino has more than 700 slot machines and 10 gaming tables, featuring Blackjack, Craps, Roulette.  It is open 24 hours a day on weekends and until 4AM during the week.  Dining options include the Black Mesa Steakhouse, Big Rock Sports Bar & Grill, The Santa Claran Café, 10 Pin Snack Bar, The O Bar & Tapas and the Coffee Bar.

Santa Claran

Ohkay Casino Resort & Hotel
Highway 68
Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo), NM 87566



On Hwy 68 north of Espanola

Sun-Thurs: 8AM-4AM
Fri-Sat: 24 hours

The Ohkay Hotel features Native American made furniture and free high-speed internet services.  The casino has nearly 600 machines, 5 gaming tables, and a bingo hall.  It is open 24 hours a day on weekends and until 4AM during the week.  Dining options include the Harvest Café, with both buffet-style and menu meals to choose from, and the Ohkay Casino Snack Bar, with everything from hot dogs to frito pies.

 Ohkay Casino

Taos Mountain Casino

700 Veterans Highway
Taos, New Mexico 87571-0777


Sun-Wed 8AM-1AM
Thurs-Sat 8AM-2AM


New Mexico’s first 100% smoke-free casino!  The casino features more than 200 slot machines and 4 gaming tables, including Blackjack and Three-Card Poker.  Calling themselves “The Biggest Small Casino in New Mexico,” Taos Mountain Casino strives to provide a different gaming experience than their large-scale competitors.  The Tiwa Deli presents visitors with everything from healthy salad and sandwich choices to classic hamburgers and frito pies.

 Taos Mountain Casino

Buffalo Thunder Casino & Resort
30 Buffalo Thunder Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87506



Sun-Thur: 8AM-4AM
Sat-Sun: 24 hours


Pojoaque Pueblo’s most luxurious casino.  Buffalo Thunder features a Hilton hotel with almost 400 guest rooms, featuring gorgeous suits, down pillows and pillow-top mattresses.  The facility has an absolutely stunning pool.  The casino houses well over 1,000 slot machines and 26 gaming tables.  There are ten different places to eat in Buffalo Thunder; The Towa Grill, Mica Restaurant, Turquoise Trail Bar and Grill, Pool Grill, Painted Parrot Buffet, Pueblo Deli, Red Sage Restaurant and Bar, Blue Tower Lounge, Lobby Lounge, and a Starbucks Coffee.



 Buffalo Thunder


Camel Rock Casino

17486A -Hwy 84/285
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506



Sun-Thur: 6AM-2AM
Fri-Sun: 24 hours

Nestled near the unusual rock formation it gets its name from, Camel Rock Casino is a long-standing attraction in Tesuque Pueblo.  The casino has nearly 600 slot machines and 2 gaming tables; Three Card Poker and the casino’s own Blackjack Switch.  They also offer video poker.  Dining options include the Pueblo Artist Café & Restaurant, which offered New Mexican food as well as a Friday Seafood Buffet.

 Camel Rock

Cities of Gold Casino & Hotel
10-B Cities of Gold Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506-0938



Mon-Thurs: 8AM-4AM
Fri-Sun: 24 hours

The hotel has more than 200 guest rooms, including free wireless internet and pet-friendly rooms.  Gym and pool access for hotel guests in the nearby Wellness Center.  With over 600 slot machines, a bingo hall, racing books, and bowling alley with arcade games, Cities of Gold is an eventful place.  Dining options include the Gold Dust Restaurant, Golden Buffet, the Bingo Snack Bar, and a seasonal Outdoor Cantina.  Also features a free shuttle service to Buffalo Thunder, Sports Bar and Downtown Santa Fe.
 Cities of Gold

Sports Bar Racing Book Casino / Simulcasting
68 Cities of Gold Road
Santa Fe, NM 87506


Mon-Thurs: 9:00am-2:00am
Fri-Sun: 24 hours
Bar closes at 1:30am


Half a mile from Cities of Gold is the Sports Bar, a miniature casino with simulcasting race books for both horse and dog races, with betting done in real-time, as they happen across the country.  The Interactive Player Terminals allow players to place bets right from their seats rather than having to wait in line to place a bet.  It also has over 100 slot machines and big screen TVs to watch sports events on.  Dining options are a full service bar and snack bar, including green chili cheeseburgers.


 Sports Bar Casino


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