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First Day Hikes
First Day Hikes
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike​​​​​​​​

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The New Year has always been a time of setting goals and tackling new and exciting opportunities. For most of us, improving our physical fitness and living healthier lives is at the top of our New Year’s resolutions.  

On Jan​uary 1, celebrate the arrival of a new year and get a he​ad start on your fitness goals by participating in a First Day Hike at a Colorado State Park​. 

First Day Hikes are guided expeditions that offer a great way to get exercise, explore nature and welcome in the New Year with friends and family. The hikes, available at state parks across the state, ​​are free but park visitors must possess a valid parks pass to participate. 

Giveaways Provided by ​the Colorado Parks Foundation

Colorado Parks Foundation LogoAfter your hike with us, many parks will offer refreshments and free giveaways that include campfire style mugs, ice scrapers, field notes and pens. 

For the second consecutive year, The Colorado Parks Foundation has generously awarded a grant to CPW in support of our First Day Hike events! Thanks to the Foundation, First Day Hike participants can walk away with some ​fun and useful give-aways.

National Event

The First Day Hikes program is part of a national initiative to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation in the great outdoors.​​​ For more information, see the National Association of State Park Directors First Day Hikes​ page.

Year-round Activity Benefits

Throughout the entire year, why “hike” on a treadmill in a crowded gym when you could hit the trails and enjoy Colorado’s spectacular beauty? And for less than a two-month membership at most gyms, an annual C​​olorado State Parks Pass​ ($70) provides hiking, biking and other outdoor recreation opportunities to keep you moving.

Find a 2017 First Day Hike Near You!

For a complete list of participating parks, check below before January 1!


Mueller State Park - First Day Hikes
Sunday, January 1

Colorado State Parks have taken on the tradition of hosting hikes on New Year’s Day – to start the New Year out right! Three different hikes are offered for First Day Hikes at Mueller! Bring water, snacks, (snowshoes?) and dress for snow!

Golden Gate Canyon State Park - First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1

Join us for a celebration of the New Year! We will be hosting a guided hike and be offering some refreshments afterward. Please RSVP at 303-582-3707

AHRA - First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1

AHRA volunteer naturalist Bob Hickey will lead the public on an invigorating “First Day” hike Friday, January 1, 2017 to usher in the New Year in perfect Colorado outdoor style! Tentatively, the mid-morning hike will be conducted in the scenic northern Fourmile Area and the old Midland Railroad Grade. The loop will be designed so that hiking will be done on the existing roads, trails, and a major wash in the area – there will be no cross-country foot travel in the snow. The route will be adjusted to the snow conditions on the day of the event. Hikers will have fantastic views of the snowy upper Arkansas River valley and the Sawatch Mountain Range, as well as enjoy the rugged shallow canyon scenery and unique granitic boulder formations of the Arkansas Hills.

Barr Lake State Park - First Day Hikes
Sunday, January 1

Barr Lake State Park will be participating in the America's State Parks' First Day Hikes. This hike at the park will be a great opportunity to view bald eagles.

State Forest State Park - First Day Hike
Sunday, January 1

On New Years Day, join us for hiking, skiing, or snowshoeing the three to six mile Gould Loop at the Moose Visitors Center. Afterwards, cookies and light refreshments will be provided. Snowshoe rentals are available. Please contact State Forest to register.