Ruidoso Activities Beyond the Ski Slopes

Snowy Ruidoso winter getaways are lots of fun, even if you don’t ski or snowboard. Just off the ski slopes, there are galleries, restaurants, and easy access to multi-use trail systems

discover fun things to do on a ruidoso ski vacation even if you don’t ski.

  1. Get Active

Hit the trails: Whether you're on foot, bike or horse, get out and explore our extensive multi-use trails system.

Go Fishing: From pristine high-mountain lakes and streams to sparkling reservoirs and meandering rivers and a year-round season for most waters, discover the best places to cast a line in Ruidoso.

Zip-line: Enjoy an eagle’s-eye view of the mountains and experience the thrill of the Wind Rider ZipTour at Ski Apache and the Apache Eagle ZipRider at Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Play golf: Ruidoso gets plenty of winter sunshine and with a selection of spectacular all-season Ruidoso area golf courses, each course is situated against breathtaking backdrops with its own personality and challenges. Don’t be surprised to find yourself teeing off in Ruidoso in every season.

Discover Ruidoso Parks & Recreation areas: From playgrounds and walking trails to tennis courts, our parks and recreation areas offer something for every age group and ability. And it's free!

2. Check Out the Town


Shop: Take home a Ruidoso carved bear. Enhance your wardrobe with the latest styles in western, cowboy fashion or outdoor adventure clothing. Find custom jewelry and art to satisfy every taste and budget. Shop for Southwestern home accessories, rugs, blankets, rustic furniture or inexpensive vacation souvenirs. There's something for everyone in Ruidoso.

Eat & Drink: Search our delicious selection of restaurants, cafes and coffeehouses and cozy breakfast nooks. And for after sunset, check out these ideas for Ruidoso nightlife

Rest & Relaxation: Take some "me-time" and pamper yourself. Ruidoso has a wide variety of spa, fitness, and wellness services to choose from

Events & Entertainment: Discover what's happening during your Ruidoso vacation. 

Art & Culture: Galleries and artist studios abound in and around Ruidoso.

3. Get Your Game On


Casinos: If you're looking for gaming action on your vacation, you found it. You're sure to feel like a winner as you play the tables and slot machines at Ruidoso area casinos.