On Jan.1, Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites you to celebrate the new year by hiking at a Colorado state park.
First Day Hikes offer a chance to start the new year off on the right foot by exercising in nature. Each participating state park offers a unique opportunity to enjoy self-guided hikes, scavenger hunts, or limited capacity guided hikes.
- Hikes are free but park visitors must possess a valid parks pass.
- Participating parks may require a reservation prior to the hike, check the park’s webpage for details.
- Hikes will vary in skill level and length depending on location and weather conditions.
- Bring snacks, water, extra clothing, and hiking shoes with good traction. If trails are icy or snowy consider bringing trekking poles, snowshoes, or shoe spikes. Some hikes may have an initial requirement of these items, so make sure to check the event to know what you need!
We are all continuing to adapt and focus on the health and safety of our visitors. CPW encourages you to practice Care for Colorado - Leave No Trace principles, such as:
- Know before you go - check the weather and trail conditions for your park
- Bring plenty of water and snacks!
- Stay on the trail to protect surrounding vegetation and limit slips, trips and falls.
- Continue to wash your hands often and bring hand sanitizer.
- Pack out all trash.
We hope you kick off the New Year by enjoying a First Day Hike with us!
Find a 2023 First Day Hike Near You
For a list of participating parks, visit the CPW Event Calendar, or check out specific park activities from their social media accounts. Links are listed on the
social media page.