More than 30 parks will help you kickstart your healthy New Year’s resolutions on January 1.
Did you resolve to get in shape, get outside more, and spend more time with friends and family in 2019? Then Colorado’s First Day Hikes are a great place to get started. First Day Hikes are guided hikes hosted at state parks throughout the U.S. every January 1. The event is designed to reintroduce people to year-round activities, as there are a ton of things to do in parks in the winter, as well as promote healthy lifestyles throughout the year.
The first First Day Hike was held over 20 years ago at Blue Hills Reservation in Massachusetts. Colorado’s state parks joined the event in 2012, and the number of parks and hikers that participate are growing in leaps and bounds every year.
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“Since 2012, state parks across Colorado and the nation have offered hikes on January 1 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!”
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.
Please note that to participate for free, guests must have a valid park pass. Otherwise, guests can purchase a daily pass costs $8 per vehicle; annual passes are $80. Check out your favorite park below for times, trails, and everything you need to know to start the new year off right. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2019!
View the full list of participating Colorado parks below:
If you choose to take a trek into the great wide open, don’t forget to dress appropriately for the terrain and weather. Check out each park ‘s suggestions for equipment to bring, such as trekking poles or snowshoes, and what to wear. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water, as well — even though it may be chilly, staying hydrated is important!
Have you participated in a First Day Hike before? Any suggestions for a great park in Colorado to visit and hike? Please share photos in the comments below!