Besides the Yukon River, Ruby is an entry point for several other float trips in Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge. A common canoe expedition is to begin at Sulatna Crossings, reached from Ruby via the Placerville Road, and float the Sulatna River to the Nowitna River. Follow the Nowitna into the Yukon and pull out at Ruby, a trip of 230 miles.
Ruby serves as a check point the along the 1,100-mile northern route of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Every other year the village of Ruby comes alive when a large group of mushers, press and volunteers arrive for the event in March.