First 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 have fun 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 or discover a new location.
These free, guided First Day Hike Programs will take place on New Year’s Day 2020. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, take in nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.
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)
January 1, 2020 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
8 a.m. & 11 a.m. – Ranger Lead Hikes
Start the year off right with a moderate hike up Treasure Loop trail. Be ready for rocky terrain with 500 ft elevation gain over 2.4 miles. Bring your water bottle, sturdy shoes, and cameras! A guiding ranger will answer questions you’ve always wanted to ask about the landscape around you! Meet at Saguaro.
11 a.m. – Beginner’s Hike
Start the year off right with a moderate hike up Treasure Loop trail. This hike is a little easier, a 1-mile loop with only 75 ft elevation gain. Bring your water bottle, sturdy shoes, and cameras! A guiding ranger will answer questions you’ve always wanted to ask about the landscape around you!
Notes: Pets are not allowed on these guided hikes. Make sure you have good shoes, water, and are conditioned/prepared for the hike you will be taking so you can keep up with the group..
Wear hiking shoes, bring ample water and no pets please. Please call in advance to reserve your space at Lost Dutchman (480) 982-4485.
Photo: Lost Dutchmen State Park campground with view of the Superstition Mountains. (Julianne G. Crane)