Start the New Year off on the right foot at one of 26 Colorado state parks for “First Day Hikes!”

Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants you to have a great start to 2018 by enjoying the beauty our great state has to offer. “First Day Hikes” will take place at 26 Colorado parks, each with its own opportunities to take in nature. Pick between guided and self-guided hikes.

“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. “We are thrilled to have seen this event continue to grow since we started the program in 2012.”

To participate for free, guests must have a valid park pass. Otherwise, guests can purchase a daily pass costs $7 per vehicle; annual passes are $70.

View the full list of participating Colorado parks below:

Eleven Mile

Chatfield — Gravel Pond

Roxborough — Carpenter Peak

Lake Pueblo

St. Vrain

Golden Gate


John Martin Reservoir

Arkansas Headwaters

Staunton #1

Roxborough — South Rim Trail

North Sterling


Cheyenne Mountain

Sweitzer Lake


Rifle Falls

North Sterling

State Forest


Yampa River

Steamboat Lake

James M. Robb — Colorado River

Staunton #2

Ridgway State Park

Castlewood Canyon

Chatfield — Platte River

Barr Lake

Roxborough — Fountain Valley Trail

Cherry Creek

If you do participate, don’t forget to dress appropriately depending on the weather. Here are some more fun tips to keep in mind when hiking.

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