RBC | Colorado Parks and Wildlife is pleased to welcome a new year by once again participating in First Day Hikes. More than 30 events are scheduled in state parks across Colorado on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. CPW invites you to ring in 2019 by spending your day outside at a Colorado state park.
“Since 2012, state parks across Colorado and the nation have offered hikes on January 1st to encourage individuals and families to begin the New Year with a rejuvenating and healthy hike at their local state park,” says Crystal Dreiling, Trinidad Lake State Park Manager. “Led by park staff or volunteers, First Day Hikes encourage outdoor exploration and enjoyment as a healthy lifestyle choice, while at the same time remind the public that outdoor recreation can be enjoyed year-round!”
Coloradans can find a nearby First Day Hike by visiting the Colorado Parks and Wildlife First Day Hikes web page, or by locating an event on the stateparks.org website. First Day Hikes was created to offer everyone an opportunity to begin the new year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors at a state park close to home.
After joining the national program in 2012, each new year has seen growth in the number of Colorado state parks participating in the program. This year, visitors can look forward to enjoying hikes and walks at more than 25 participating state parks. Visitors participating in First Day Hikes will be able to start the year off on the right foot by spending the day in some of Colorado’s most spectacular nature.
Hikers can expect to enjoy winter landscapes with striking views, and in some parks, benefit from the company of a knowledgeable state park guide. Hikes will range from fun walks to more challenging 6-mile hikes throughout the park, and even an 11-mile hike if you are feeling up to the challenge. Many parks will also be providing light refreshments to warm up after your winter adventure. All hikes are free of charge, but visitors must possess a valid annual or daily parks pass to participate.
In 2018, nearly 55,000 people rang in the New Year with First Day Hikes, collectively hiking over 133,000 miles throughout the country on the guided hikes. Many others hiked state park trails throughout the day, taking advantage of the resources America’s state parks have to offer.
This year, begin your New Year by creating a connection to nature in a Colorado state park. Spending time outdoors is good for the body and mind, and has the ability to lift moods and leave us feeling more creative. With a variety of hikes in ability level and length, First Day Hikes are the perfect activity to begin your year on the right note. Remember to dress for the winter weather with lots of layers, and to bring water and snacks for the journey!
Whether planning to participate in a First Day Hike, reserving a spring campsite or scheduling hunter education courses, you can start your 2019 outdoor adventures by visiting cpw.state.co.us.
Special to the Herald Times