(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – For the third consecutive year, Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails is providing “First Day Hikes” – a perfect way for Wyoming residents to start the New Year.

Six New Year’s Day guided hikes held at venues statewide will be held in conjunction with similar hikes held in all 50 states; a part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.

Over 500 people took part last year in Wyoming

Over 500 people took part last year in Wyoming

“These first day hikes were very successful for the Division as last year; we had over 500 participants statewide,” State Parks Administrator Domenic Bravo said.“ First Day Hikes have become a rejuvenating tradition for ringing in the New Year.  It provides visitors with an opportunity to see our parks, trails, and historic sites from a unique perspective, while enjoying Wyoming’s beautiful winter wonderland.”

Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, which average one to two miles or longer depending on the state park or historic site. Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on the America’s State Parks website.  Visit www.americasstateparks.org to find a First Day Hike nearest you.

In Wyoming, hikes will be offered at the following locations and times:

Bear River State Park - Short nature hike along the Bear River.  Hike distance will vary upon participant’s abilities.  Meet at the Bear River Shelter.  Begin at 10 a.m.

Curt Gowdy State Park – Up to four mile hike on a trail to be determined. Meet at Aspen Grove Trail head at 1 p.m.

Edness K. Wilkins State Park – There will be two walks.  One will be wheelchair accessible and the other will be on natural surface on the nature trail. Each 2 miles.  Begin at 10 a.m.

Fort Bridger State Historic Site – one mile hike/walk around the historic site. Meet at entrance booth at 1 p.m.

Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site - 1 mile hike on the “Deer Path” trail covering level and areas of slightly steep terrain.  Begin at 10 a.m.

Guernsey State Park – Hike beginning at the Yurts at 10 a.m.

Participants are urged to wear adequate clothing, coffee and hot chocolate will be provided, Bon Fire at most locations, this is a kids and family friendly event, entry fee to participating parks will be waived.  Leashed dogs welcome.  All events are subject to change.

RSVPs are requested but not required. Please RSVP by emailing Paul.Gritten@wyo.gov.

For more information, please call the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails at 777-6323.

–Wyoming State Parks