Celebrate New Year with a family ‘First Day Hike’ at state parks 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 2018.  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)

“Three hikes, your choice. Two begin at 9:00 a.m. Choose either a short hike around lower Treasure Loop Trail (1 mile) beginning at Cholla; Or a longer hike meeting at  Saguaro, hike to Green Boulder then down Prospector, across Jacobs Cross Cut and back to Saguaro (about 3.5 mi). At 2:00 p.m. join us for a 2.4 mile hike around Treasure Loop, beginning at Cholla,” say the rangers at Lost Dutchman.

Wear hiking shoes, bring ample water and no pets please. Please call in advance to reserve your space at Lost Dutchman (480) 982-4485.

Julianne G. Crane

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

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