Winter at the High Plains

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Just because summer is over, there is no reason that the fun should end… and it never does here at the High Plains Drift Inn! Join us for a horse ride in the snow or toast your toes by a big fire. One nice thing about our dry climate is that if the sun comes out, even a winter day can be quite pleasant. So we offer horse riding and skeet shooting year round.


Snow on the ground? That doesn’t stop us from riding horses! We have taken many trips around the ranch and in the foothills with snow on the ground. The horses love it and as long as you wear warm clothes, we love it too!


In addition to activities on the ranch, we are also located in a great place for skiing. There are three downhill ski resorts near us. Wolf Creek, Monarch and Taos ski resorts. There are also several nice places to cross country ski in the area. Wake up one morning, head over to the ski slopes, and come back to a nice hot shower and a warm cabin!

Wolf Creek Ski Area

Only 64 miles from the ranch.

Colorado’s ski slopes boasting the most natural snow!

Monarch Mountain

108 miles North of the ranch

Open since 1939 near the city of Salida

Taos Ski Valley

104 miles Southeast of the ranch

“Best skiing and snowboarding in New Mexico!”

Rock Creek Ski Trail

23 miles North of the ranch

The San Luis Valley’s best access to cross-country skiing, right in the Rio Grande National Forest!

winter around the valley

The Great Sand Dunes is also a nice place to visit in the winter with lots of good hills to sled down and the ice formations at Zapata falls are especially nice.