Valles Calderas National Preserve
18161 Highway 4
Jemez Springs, NM 87025 (505) 661-3333
Head to the serenity of the Valles Calderas for the second annual New Years Eve celebration. On December 31, the old year rings out and the new year rings in with fireworks, hot cider and refreshments.
Hours: 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Cost: $25 per adult, $20 per senior (62 yrs and older), $20 per youth (4-15 years) and free for kids under 4.
America's State Parks First Day Hikes in New Mexico
Start the year off right at a nearby state park, where rangers will lead guided tours. The First Day hikes take visitors through some of New Mexico's outstanding state parks. Take a water bottle, layered clothing and sunscreen. Check individual parks for details to confirm.
Cerrillos Hills State Park near Santa Fe will have a hike from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., approximately 1.5 miles. Hike to the Mirador, a great viewpoint, and learn about the Cerrillos hills. Suitable for any age, though it may be difficult for younger children.
The City of Rocks State Park in the Gila offers a First Day hike. Start at the Visitor Center before setting out to learn about the geology, grasslands and wildlife at the park. The easy hike is about 2-3 miles long and suitable for kids 10 and older.
Find other First Day Hikes in New Mexico.
2731 Broadway NE Suite E
Albuquerque, NM 87107
(505) 344-KIDS (5437)
Take the kids for jumping fun, where there are six giant slides, inflatable houses and obstacle courses. Closing early on New Year's Eve at 5:30 p.m.
Hours: New Year's Day and Eve, check for hours.
Have Some Frosty Fun at Hinkle
12931 Indian School Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Enjoy a few hours of fun on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with a special Frosty Fun Pass. The Fun Center has a miniature golf course and go karts, lazer tag, paintball and a game room. Hinkle's will be open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Hours Noon - 9 p.m. paintball closes at 8 p.m.
Cost: $22.95 per person; paintball and room credits extra.
Ten Pins and More
1416 Deborah Road SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Families can enjoy unlimited bowling and shoes, bowl for prizes, and get party hats, noise-makers and party favors. The special includes a munchie buffet and soda.
Hours: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. New Year's Eve
Cost: $12 per person for everyone in the family. Reservations are a must as the house fills quickly.
Ski Sandia Peak
Yes, the ski area will be open New Year's day, with limited areas open, though this could change with additional snow. With a drive that's less than an hour away, the Sandia Peak Ski Area provides a fun day on the slopes with little time spent getting there. With four chairlifts, a snow sports school, rental equipment, a cafe and a ski shop, there are plenty of options for beginners as well as seasoned skiers. Sandia Ski Area is open with limited terrain. As of 12/24, the beginner area, cubby corner, chairlift #4 and the mitey mite are open. There are ski rentals if you don't have your own, and snowboarding runs have great appeal for the tweens and teens.
Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
With several places in town to rent snowshoes and enough snow to land on, what are you waiting for? The Sandias are less than an hour's drive out of town, and have a number of trails where you can strap on your snowshoes and enjoy the great outdoors.
Skate Party at Skate City
400 Paisano NE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
(505) 299-4494 Enjoy a special party on New Year's Eve, which includes prizes and a balloon drop.
Hours: 8 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. New Year's Eve
Cost: Admission $8 New Year's Eve, call for prices New Year's Day; skate rentals $2.