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First Day Hikes
First Day Hikes
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First Day Hikes logoThis Jan.1, Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites all Coloradans to welcome 2018 by heading outside to enjoy the trails in a Colorado State Park. First Day Hikes offer a chance to start the new year right by getting people out for some exercise in nature. This year​, 26 state parks are participating by hosting an organized hike. Each park offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the new year, with most parks offering guided hikes and some parks providing multiple options to choose from, allowing you to select the time and route you prefer.

“Getting outside is the best way to bring in a new year and Colorado state parks showcase all the best things about the outdoors,” said Crystal Dreiling, park manager at Trinidad Lake State Park, one of the participating parks. “We are thrilled to have seen this event continue to grow since we started ​the program in 2012.” 

Many parks are also offering refreshments and free giveaways for this event, such as mugs and pens, thanks to a grant provided by the Colorado Parks Foundation. 

The hikes ​​are free but park visitors must possess a valid parks pass to participate. The daily pass for entry to most parks costs $7 per vehicle; annual passes are available for $70.

All First Day Hikes will vary in ability levels and length depending on location and weather conditions.​​​​ Bring snacks and water, dress in layers and be prepared with traction and/or trekking poles for winter hiking in snow or on icy trails; if there is snow, consider bringing snowshoes. We hope to see you kicking off 2018 by enjoying a First Day Hike with us!

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Find a 2018​ First Day Hike Near You!

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

Events

Eleven Mile First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event! Enjoy a four mile, self-guided hike along the Orienteering Trail.

Chatfield First Day Hike 2018 - Gravel Pond
Monday, January 1

Join us for a hike through Chatfield State Park. We will get our legs and our minds moving as we check out some of the historical relevance Chatfield Park has to offer. Meet at the Gravel Pond parking lot.

Roxborough First Day Hike 2018 - Carpenter Peak
Monday, January 1

Come out and celebrate the new year with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event.

Lake Pueblo First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event! This five mile out-and-back features a story walk.

St. Vrain First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event! This family friendly hike provides views of Longs Peak and a great potential for wildlife spotting.

Golden Gate First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Please join us for a First Day Hike on January 1st 2018! We will be leading two hikes, meeting at the Visitor Center at 9am and heading out around 9:30am. One hike will be on the Beaver Trail and the other on the Horseshoe Trail. Hikes will be limited to 30 people each. Please RSVP by calling 303-582-3707.

Mueller First Day Hikes 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy our State Park with your First Hike of 2018! 4 different guided hikes are available.

John Martin Reservoir First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event! Join us for 4.5 miles of history and wildlife viewing.

Arkansas Headwaters First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event! Our guide 3.5 mile hike includes beautiful scenery and lunch at the midway point.

Staunton First Day Hike #1 of 2018
Monday, January 1

Come out and enjoy a hike to explore the historic ranch and cabin properties on the east portion of Staunton State Park on the first day of 2018. Hike #1: “The Ranch Loop - Davis Ranch, Chase Property, Staunton Ranch, Dines Property

Roxborough First Day Hike 2018 - South Rim Trail
Monday, January 1

Come out and celebrate the new year with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event.

North Sterling First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Come out and start the new year off right with our nationwide First Day Hike of 2018!

Lathrop First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event! Check in for refreshments at the visitor center after the hike.

Cheyenne Mountain First Day Hikes 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event! Hikes range from one to five miles, and include the Zook Loop, Sundance and Blackmer Trails.

Sweitzer Lake First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event! This guided hike will cover animals and plant life in the park and celebrate our new bridge that completes the lake trail.

Vega First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event! Enjoy birdwatching and spotting animal tracks along the route.

Rifle Falls First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event! Our guided hike along the Coyote Trail features views of the falls that will take your breath away.

North Sterling First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event! This short historical hike with beautiful views is the perfect way to start the year.

State Forest First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event! Be prepared for spotting animal track and gorgeous mountain views at State Forest State Park.

Stagecoach First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event! Spend your morning with us enjoying great views of the reservoir.

Yampa River First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event! Start off with our 1.25 mile hike/snowshoe/ski trail and stay for refreshments and ice skating.

Steamboat Lake First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event! Self-guided fun for hiking, snowshoeing or skiing the rails in the park. Hot drinks and snacks provided!

James M. Robb - Colorado River First Day Hike of 2018
Monday, January 1

Come enjoy the first day of 2018 with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event!

Staunton First Day Hike #2 of 2018
Monday, January 1

Enjoy a hike to explore the historic ranch and cabin properties on the east portion of Staunton State Park with the first day hike of 2018. Hike #2 “History and Geology”

Chatfield First Day Hike 2018 - Platte River
Monday, January 1

Join us for a hike through Chatfield State Park. We will get our legs and our minds moving as we check out some of the historical relevance Chatfield Park has to offer. Meet at the Platte River parking lot.

Barr Lake First Day Hike 2018
Monday, January 1

Barr Lake State Park will be participating in America's State Parks First Day Hikes 2018 and we hope you'll join us! With all 50 states participating; the nationwide effort will help promote healthy lifestyles and encourage year-round recreation at our state parks.

Roxborough First Day Hike 2018 - Fountain Valley Trail
Monday, January 1

Come out and celebrate the new year with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2018 event.

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