Start 2022 on the Right Foot with a First Day Hike

Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites all Coloradans to welcome the new year by heading outside!

December 23, 2021

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is pleased to welcome in the new year by once again participating in First Day Hikes. Events are scheduled in state parks across Colorado on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative, including many self-guided options.

Coloradans can find a nearby hike by visiting the Colorado Parks and Wildlife First Day Hikes web page. First Day Hikes was created to offer everyone an opportunity to begin the new year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors at a state park close to home. 

The programs are free but a vehicle day pass or state parks annual pass is required to enter the park. Some hikes do require advance registration.

“Each year, we’ve had a growing number of our parks offering First Day Hike events as part of this national effort to get people outdoors and into state parks,” said CPW Director Bob Broscheid. “First Day Hikes are a great way to cure cabin fever and celebrate the New Year in our amazing state with a walk or hike in one of our beautiful state parks.”

Getting outside and unplugging from daily technology creates a unique connection with nature that promotes physical and mental well-being and encourages creativity and stewardship of our shared resources in kids and adults alike.

Visitors to Colorado State Parks can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter and experience spectacular views and vistas. Your hike might look a bit different this year, but with a few accommodations, you can still enjoy kicking off the new year in the great outdoors!

Check out all of the awesome events planned HERE.

Whether planning to participate in a First Day Hike, reserving a spring campsite, or scheduling hunter education courses, you can start your outdoor adventures by visiting