Colorado Parks and Wildlife will sponsor guided New Years Day hikes in 18 state parks, including Lory State Park. The First Day Hikes initiative offers individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on Jan. 1. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. The hikes themselves are free but park visitors must have either a daily parks pass or a valid annual pass.

“Getting outdoors is a great way to start the year off right – whether you’re burning off holiday calories or resolving to be more active,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife director Bob Broscheid. “These hikes are perfect for the Colorado lifestyle and we are excited to again be part of the national First Day Hike initiative.”

State parks boast a variety of beautiful settings for year-round outdoor recreation, and each First Day Hike will offer an opportunity to explore the unique natural and cultural treasures close to home. Visitors can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter, experience spectacular views and vistas and benefit from the company of a knowledgeable state park guide.

The Lory hike starts at 11 a.m. Meet at the Arthur’s Rock Trail Head for a guided hike or a guided First Day run. A sporting goods store is providing snowshoes and poles for up to 30 people for this incredible First Day Hike at Lory State Park. Whether you choose the hike or the run option, finish up at the visitor center for hot drinks and cookies.

First Day Hikes originated more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Mass. Since that time, “America’s State Parks” and the National Association of State Parks Directors have helped grow the program to all 50 states.

Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes. All Colorado state parks recommend that First Day Hike participants bring water, sun protection and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Other recommended items, depending on the weather conditions and terrain, include snow shoes, strap-on ice cleats, snacks, trekking poles, cameras, binoculars and wildlife guide books.

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