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First Day Hike guides for New Year’s Day

If you’re looking to get outside and start the New Year off on the right foot, take a jaunt to Lake Pueblo State Park.

On New Year’s Day, Lake Pueblo, as well as 27 state parks, are participating in an organized hike on New Year’s Day.

This is a great way to get outside and witness the wildlife that live at the lake.

And take in the beauty of not only the lake but also the mountain ranges that surround the lake.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites Coloradans to welcome 2017 by heading outside to a Colorado State Park for a Take a First Day Hike on Jan. 1.

First Day Hikes are guided activities that offer a chance to start the new year right by getting people out for some exercise in nature.

For the new year, 27 state parks are participating by hosting an organized hike on New Years Day.

Many parks are also offering refreshments and free giveaways for this event, such as mugs and pens, thanks to a grant provided by the Colorado Parks Foundation.

The hikes are free but park visitors must possess a valid parks pass to participate.

The daily pass for entry to most parks costs $7 per vehicle; annual passes are available for $70.

All First Day Hikes, which will be led by park rangers or volunteers, will vary in ability levels and length.

Pets are welcome at many parks but visitors should first check the individual park’s website.

Bring snacks and water, dress in layers and be prepared for winter hiking in snow or on icy trails.

If there is snow, consider bringing snowshoes.

For more detailed information and a list of parks participating in First Day Hikes, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

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