Ring in the New Year! 2016 promises a plethora of activities that highlight Durango, Colorado as a hideaway of simple pleasures and interactive adventures. From enticing culinary offerings to adventures and activities that explore the essence of what makes Durango so unique. A new year wipes the slate clean, creating the perfect opportunity to inject a mountain-town twist into your New Year’s resolutions. In 2016, resolve to experience a Rocky Mountain holiday in exciting new ways.
Savor the sensations of the New Year at one of the eateries, bars, breweries, distilleries, restaurants and agritourism establishments that make up Durango’s lively food scene. Toss a soon-to-be favorite into your ski itinerary at Purgy’s Slopeside at Purgatory Resort, featuring trendy takes on familiar classics. Rediscover a Durango staple at the recently remodeled Cyprus Café or savor cyclical specialties at Seasons Rotisserie and Grill. If your resolutions include eating healthier, indulge in some guilt-free farm-to-table dining, featuring locally sourced, seasonally appropriate and all-natural offerings.
Spice up your cocktail calendar in 2016 with regionally sourced spirits, such as Durango Craft Spirit’s Soiled Doves Vodka or sweeten your routine this year with Colorado Honey Whiskey from Honey House Distillery. Celebrate the ball dropping by filling your glass with your own customized, unique wine that you design at Four Leaves Winery. A Brewerly Love & Food Tour through Durango’s bountiful brewery scene ensures you’ll know your new go-tos in the New Year.
Resolve to expand your knowledge at one of the many engaging cultural, scientific and educational museums Durango has to offer. Durango’s proximity to UNESCO World Heritage Site Mesa Verde National Park makes it the ideal destination to experience the annual Luminaria Holiday Open House and a wonderfully preserved civilization. Remember the past while you look to the future at the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum, whose cutting-edge displays highlight the rich and diverse history of the area. The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College showcases the diverse and storied past of the area with enriching archives, a vast library and an engaging museum. The Animas Museum captures the spirit of the southwest with displays and installations specific to La Plata County. Walk historic downtown and follow the path of the Old West as it meets contemporary Southwestern culture.
See and Hear
Define 2016 as a year of artistic investigation. Ponder what the New Year will bring while perusing the art offerings at one of Durango’s nationally acclaimed galleries. Experience the synergy of art and nature at Vallecito Lake, where the Tour of Carvings guarantees a new perspective on organic creations. Or, resolve to learn a new craft at one of the many educational classes offered at the galleries and Durango Arts Center or get behind the artist’s wheel at the Clayroom’s new location. Expand your cultural horizons by taking in the town’s sensational theatre and live performances. Whether you find yourself tapping your toes on the patio of a local restaurant or at one of the many performance venues, enjoy listening to live music at numerous locations around Durango.
If 2016 is the year of “you”, let Durango provide the ultimate backdrop for some quality me-time. Take on the year feeling relaxed and inspired by indulging in luxurious spa treatments or soaking at the Trimble Natural Hot Springs and Spa. Work on your short game while looking forward to a long year at the scenic golf courses in the area. From soothing yoga classes to a family-friendly pool to cutting-edge exercise equipment, tackle your fitness-based resolutions with the deluxe offerings of the Durango Recreation Center.
Whether on skis or a snowboard, the back of a horse or the backside of the slopes, the rails or the trails, the town’s outdoor recreational offerings deliver the perfect opportunity to experience Durango in a new way in the New Year. Spend some quality time in the snow at Purgatory Resort, a haven for winter sportsmen of all experience levels. Pump your adrenaline and check an item off of your bucket list with an unconventional resolution activity, such as dogsledding or ice climbing. Hop aboard the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train as it chugs through snow-capped mountains and over icy rivers revealing picturesque reminders of the splendor and simplicity of the town’s natural offerings. Raft the river, ride the rails and ramble the roads of history on the History and Heritage Tour, an excursion that brings together the best of adventure and education.
Make 2016 the year you give in to the irresistible call of adventure that echoes through Durango’s unbeatable exploration offerings. Take advantage of the town’s proximity to the natural splendor and stunning views that fill the area’s state parks and public lands. For a fresh perspective and new appreciation for Durango’s mountain majesty, drive the 240-mile scenic and breathtaking San Juan Skyway.
Whether the upcoming calendar-switch finds you focusing on finding new culinary gems in the area or falling in love with a new adventurous activity, 2016 heralds in a new year brimming with new opportunity. Explore and discover the innovative and thrilling experiences that define the mountain town as an enticing New Year’s destination.
About the Durango Area Tourism Office
The Durango Area Tourism Office is a not-for-profit organization operating with the mission to promote Durango and La Plata County's multitude of tourism attractions, events and services. For more information, visit www.durango.org or call (970) 247-3500.