New Years’ Eve in Durango will be here shortly so we’ve compiled some of our favorite go-to’s for a great night (or weekend) out on the town. Durango has so much to offer and it’s always fun to indulge in the delicious food, the quaint hotels, and the many things to do in this small town we call home. After years of New Years’ celebrations, these are our top recommendations for things to do for a quick getaway or a fun night out. As always, our travel agents are here ready to answer any questions you may have about our lodging, places to eat, and things to do (with or without snow!).

Restaurants – Choose from three of our favorite local restaurants, featuring mostly local foods from farms around the area. Reservations are recommended as these restaurants are some of the most popular in town (for good reason!). 

Eolus Restaurant Interior

Eolus offers a contemporary, modern dining experience with unique cocktails and farm-to-table dishes.


Ski – There are two local ski resorts in our area, both offer different kinds of skiing to the downhill adventure. Purgatory, the larger of the two mountains, offers ski lessons, lodging, and restaurants all in one while Hesperus offers a smaller mountain that is perfect for those looking to have a night-time ski. You can check the latest snow reports here 

  • Purgatory Resort
  • Hesperus (this property is owned and managed by Purgatory Resort)
Family Skiing at Purgatory Ski Resort

Purgatory Ski Resort offers a wide variety of runs for every level of skier.


Hot Springs – We are lucky to be surrounded by natural hot springs within an hour of town. Trimble Hot Springs offers convenience for those staying in Durango (and if you only have a short time to visit), whereas Pagosa Hot Springs and Ouray Hot Springs offer more small-town charm to those looking to make a weekend out of their New Years’ excursions. 

Ouray Hot Springs

Ouray Hot Springs, as seen from the drive down Red Mountain Pass, offers several different hot springs options for everyone.


Trains – Take a scenic trip through the San Juan Mountains on the ease of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Though service to Silverton will resume in the summer, you can still ride most of the way up on the Cascade Canyon Winter Train.  

Cascade Canyon Winter Train

Cascade Canyon Winter Train


Lodging – Looking for a bed and breakfast to make your stay amazing? Or maybe you want the convenience of staying in hotels right in town? Or perhaps you want a full ski & stay package to make your New Years’ Eve a truly memorable experience? We have several recommendations for you based on what you’ll be doing. Our travel agents are more than happy to give you the inside scoop on each accommodation so you know which option is the best fit for your needs. 

The Strater Hotel Downtown Durango

The Strater Hotel, one of downtown Durango’s Victorian-era hotels, offers several different dining and bar options to make your stay comfortable and convenient!

Spa Day – Wanting to make your New Years’ Eve the ultimate relaxing vacation getaway? We offer some wonderful services from Swedish massage to other forms