You can start the year off on the right foot — if you don’t mind stepping in dirt, mud or snow — on Jan. 1 with First Day Hikes.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s First Day Hikes was created to welcome people to state parks around the state on the first day of the new year. Many of these parks offer guided hikes, free giveaways, refreshments and more on Jan. 1.
While it’s free to participate in the hikes, visitors must have a valid parks pass. Daily passes cost between $8-10 per vehicle. You can also purchase an annual pass for $80.
CPW is reminding those who plan to hike on Jan. 1, or any day of the year, to bring snacks and water and to dress for the weather. In January, this may include snow-related gear like trekking poles, spikes on your shoes, snowshoes and more. With a few exceptions, dogs are welcome in many of these parks, but must always be leashed.
The state parks closest to Denver include Cherry Creek, Chatfield, Roxborough, Staunton, Golden Gate Canyon, Eldorado Canyon, St. Vrain and Barr Lake.
To see all of the 2020 First Day Hike events in Colorado’s state parks, click here.