Sometimes the safest place to be on New Year’s Eve is miles from nowhere, so why not spend it on a big Texas river enjoying nature instead of nightlife?

Rafting trips down the Rio Grande in Big Bend, Texas, take in true backcountry wilderness as they wind through effortless rapids, stopping to explore side canyons along the way. The evening kicks off with dinner and Champagne under complete darkness — you’ll hear nothing at midnight but the wolves howling at the moon. From $345. (800) 839-7238,