Hotel Ruby Sandpoint | Ponderay

Nearby Activities

There are plenty of exciting activities to enjoy in the Sandpoint and Ponderay areas throughout the year, whether it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter!


Escape To Sandpoint

Hotel Ruby Sandpoint | Ponderay is ready to help you retreat into nature. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful lakes, mountains, and hiking trails. The hotel team will help you pick whichever activity sounds most fun to you, and will point you in the right direction.

Winter Activities

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Schweitzer Mountain

Idaho’s largest resort with 2,900 acres of terrain and renowned tree skiing, Schweitzer is your winter sport destination. Whether you’re a skier, a snowboarder, or something in between, Schweitzer has it all.

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For those with their own ‘cats, the Sandpoint Winter Riders Snowmobile Club recommends checking out Roman Nose peak, the Sundance Fire area near Bonners Ferry, Drew Creek Loop, Pearson Creek, Upper Pack River and Trestle Creek. Finish up with a relaxing dip in our indoor hot tub after a long day out!

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Sledding & Tubing

Family fun for everyone! Hit the hills with a family favorite past-time! There are several sledding hills in Sandpoint, including our own private park with the perfect hill.

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Sleigh Rides

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride through the beautiful countryside of Sandpoint! It’s a family tradition in the making

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Winter Carnival

The Sandpoint Winter Carnival has been held every year since February of 1973. This party up north is the perfect way to celebrate winter, with restaurant tours, ski & board parties, bonfires, a Parade of Lights, sleigh rides, & concerts!

Spring & Summer Activities

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Hiking & Bike Trails

Enjoy the breathtaking scenic views of Sandpoint with several hiking and mountain biking trails!

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Whether you’re looking for a tournament-ready 18 hole course, or something smaller, Sandpoint offers a variety of golf courses with easy access.

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You don’t need to be an expert to catch big fish here! With numerous lakes and a wide variety of fish, you’re guaranteed a great day on the water wherever you anchor.

Bonus tip: Get your fishing permit at North 40 next to Hotel Ruby Sandpoint | Ponderay!

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Horseback Riding

Experience the stunning natural beauty of the Sandpoint and Ponderay area on an unforgettable equestrian adventure! Explore scenic trails, lush forests, and serene landscapes as you ride through this picturesque region.

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Lake Activities

Experience a wide range of activities on Lake Pend Oreille, the largest lake in Idaho! From exciting boat tours and peaceful sailing to refreshing swimming and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on these beautiful waters.

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Sandpoint Music Festival

Sandpoint’s annual outdoor summer music concert series is one you won’t want to miss! Over forty years of local vendors, music, and more in an intimate outdoor setting.

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Summer at Schweitzer

You don’t need to to visit in the winter to enjoy the beautiful Schweitzer Mountain! Scenic chairlift rides, huckleberry picking, disc golf, geocaching, and many more fun-filled family activities!

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Scenic Drives

Beautiful  scenic views of mountains, lakes, and wildlife can be seen when driving the surrounding Sandpoint area on several routes with easy access. 

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Kayaking & Water Sports

Get on the water with lessons and rentals from kayaks to paddleboards, jets skis and more!

Fall Activities

Scarywood Theme Park Haunted Nights, Silverwood


Silverwood Theme Park transforms into a spooky theme park from September-October for a scary good time filled with rides, haunted attractions, and roaming monsters.

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Pumpkin Patches

There are a few pumpkin patches and corn mazes surrounding the Sandpoint area that is filled with family friendly activities.

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Sandpoint Farmer's Market

Enjoy local farm, craft, and food vendors as well as live music every Saturday, 9am-1pm and every Wednesday 3-5:30pm from April 29 – October 14!

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With so many outdoor activities, maybe a brewery trail is more your style! Enjoy local beers and locally sourced wines at several locations in Sandpoint!

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Sandpoint Shopping District

Beat the heat and enjoy a day of retail therapy in the historic Sandpoint Shopping District with local shops, art galleries, and more!




Open and Heated

After a long day on the mountain, unwind in our large hot tubs, perfect for soothing sore muscles and relaxing under the stars. Additionally, take advantage of our secure ski room, where you can store your gear with the SkiKey® lock system, keeping your skis dry, safe, and out of the way. Enjoy these extra comforts designed to enhance your stay and make your outdoor adventures even more enjoyable.

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Bonus Amenities

Enjoy the daily breakfast when you stay at Hotel Ruby Sandpoint. The complimentary breakfast includes waffles, cereal, mini bagels, English muffins, blueberry muffins, hard boiled eggs, oatmeal, orange juice, milk, coffee, apples, and oranges.

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Book Your Retreat

Now Booking for the Sandpoint Festival!

Shuttle Service Available for Thursday – Saturday Shows
Enjoy the Sandpoint Festival hassle-free with our convenient shuttle service! For just $10 per adult per day, you can get to and from the festival with ease.

To book the shuttle service:

  1. Book Directly
  2. Complete your booking details.
  3. Select “Extras.”
  4. Choose “Shuttle Service – Festival at Sandpoint.”
Ruby Hospitality shuttle