Winter Activities in Ruidoso

Ruidoso Winter Activities

If you are looking for winter activities in Ruidoso, look no further! Here are just a few of the fun things the area has to offer during the winter season:

Skiing & SnowboardingSki Apache is the southernmost skiing in the country, so all ya’ll Texans, head on over! The official 2023 season kick off party is on November 23rd (if we can get some snow by then!). Check their website for ticket information, current snow information, and even a live webcam! Lazy Pines is only 14 miles from the slopes!  Dog Friendly:  They allow dogs on leash!

Snow Tubing: Just five minutes from Lazy Pines is snow tubing at Winter Park! They open on Thanksgiving Day and are open all season. Grab your tickets for three hours of snowy fun!  Tip:  Later in the day is less crowded.  Dog Friendly:  Leashed dogs are allowed, in the park, but not on the tubing hill.

Sleigh Rides: Bundle up and enjoy horse drawn sleigh rides through Ruidoso’s Upper Canyon. Sleigh rides are offered from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. If you miss out on the sleigh rides, Grindstone Stables still offers horseback riding throughout the winter season!  Dog Friendly:  You can bring your dog if they don’t bark at people or the horses. If they shed, bring your own blanket.

Ice Skating: Not just any ice skating, Ruidoso offers OUTDOOR ice skating! Located at Wingfield Park, starting November 24th through January 15th. Check the weekly schedule here. They offer skate rentals as well.  Dog Friendly:  Wingfield park is a great place to bring the dogs, just not out on the ice rink!

Hiking: Hiking isn’t just a summer sport! The trails around Ruidoso are fun to explore all year long! Read our blog post about our favorite trails here.  Dog Friendly:  All of the trails listed are leashed dog friendly.

Off Road ToursBackcountry Attitudes offers off road adventure tours, even in the winter! Their Slingshot 2 seater is worth checking out!  Check out our off road video fun here! Note: You’ll need to leave the dogs at home for this activity!

Live Events: The Village of Ruidoso and many of the local businesses offer live events every single week! From the annual Christmas Tree lighting, to live bands, to a variety of Christmas shows, there is always something happening here! Follow us on instagram to see our weekly posts about upcoming local events.

Lazy Pines Cabins are conveniently located in Alto, just minutes from Ruidoso and all the fun activities in the area. If you are looking for a place to stay this winter, consider staying with Lazy Pines! We are a cabin designed for dogs, with a fully fenced yard, no pet fees, big dogs & multiple dogs welcome! The views from our back deck can’t be beat which you can enjoy in front of the fire pit! Click here to check dates and book your stay.

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