This year, Coloradans can join FREE ranger-led outings on January 1, 2023 at 25 Colorado State Parks (including Cherry Creek, Staunton, St. Vrain, Chatfield, Barr Lake and Roxborough). During First Day Hikes, 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.
Many parks also offer refreshments and FREE giveaways. Check your favorite park for specifics, times and other regulations. A few parks require advance registration.
Groups meet between 9 and noon. Most hikes are interpretive and introduce visitors to wildlife, trees and geology.
Since many people have never visited our state parks in winter, a First Day Hike can be a new experience in a familiar place. The easy to moderate hikes (1 to 4 miles) are suitable for families, though minimum age requirements might be in place. Some routes are wheelchair or stroller accessible.
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.
Hikes are FREE but visitors must possess a valid parks pass.
Park fees (about $9 to $11 per vehicle) will apply or buy an annual pass ($80 per vehicle) for unlimited entry to all Colorado State Parks for a 12-month period. Purchase online or from any state park or region office. “Hike-y” New Year.