Celebrate the New Year with a family ‘First Day Hike’ at your favorite state park across America


LostDutchman_RVs_JulianneGCraneFirst Day Hikes at state parks are part of a nationwide initiative led by American Hiking Society to get people outdoors. There are hundreds of hikes scheduled in all 50 states.

Kids and adults will be participating, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of our state parks. It is a perfect opportunity to jump in the family RV and head to your nearest state park.

These free, guided First Day Hike Programs will take place on New Year’s Day 2017.  First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, take in nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.

According to an article in the Joplin, Mo., Globe, “Last year on Jan. 1, 55,000 people joined in one of the First Day Hikes held around the country, collectively logging more than 133,000 miles, said Wesley Trimble, spokesman for the American Hiking Society

Visit your favorite state park’s website for details on First Day Hikes near you. If you are snowbirding in Arizona, consider heading toward the Lost Dutchman State Park near the Apache Junction/Phoenix area. (pictured above)

“Join us for a ranger and volunteer-led hikes on your choice of two morning hikes and one afternoon hike. No pets, please. Call in advance to reserve your space at (480) 982-4485,” say the rangers at Lost Dutchman.

Julianne G. Crane

Photo: Lost Dutchmen State Park campground with view of the Superstition Mountains. (Julianne G. Crane)


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