First Day Hikes

As the sun rises on the first day of 2019, area parks and open spaces take advantage of the region's beauty and outdoor recreation with first day hikes.

Get the family outdoors and burning off those holiday sweets. State park 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.​​​​ 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.

Mueller State Park 
Tuesday, January 01: 9:00 AM
Colorado State Parks have taken on the tradition of hosting hikes on New Year’s Day – to start the New Year out right! Three different hikes are offered for First Day Hikes at Mueller! Bring water, snacks, (snowshoes?) and dress for snow!
Audience: All Ages
Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center
(The temporary dog trail offering is no longer available to pets) 

Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Tuesday, January 01: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Get a head start on your fitness goals by participating in our First Day Hikes at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Join park staff and volunteers on one of three different guided hikes, choose from a one, three or five mile hike. Giveaways, hot cocoa, and cookies will also add to the fun! Celebrate the arrival of a new year and get a head start on your fitness goals by participating in our First Day Hikes at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Join park staff and volunteers on one of three different guided hikes varying in length. Choose from a one, three or five mile hike. There will be lots of free give-aways and after the hike join us by the fire for some free hot cocoa and cookies. Hike is for all ages but children need to be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather and don't forget to bring water. No need to RSVP, just show up ready for a good time.

The hike is free but a valid parks pass is required on all vehicles entering the park. 
Audience: All Ages
Location: Limekiln Trailhead
410 JL Ranch Heights Colorado Springs, CO 80926
​Call 719-576-2016 for details

Eleven Mile State Park 
Tuesday, January 01: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Join Eleven Mile State Park for a ranger guided hike fit for all ages. No pets allowed. 

Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Tuesday, January 01: 10 AM, 11:30 AM, & 1:30 PM
Start your New Year off at one of Colorado Springs' hidden gems. From easy to moderate hikes ranging from 1.5-3 miles you can pick and choose your length and start time. 

Please note all times are subject to change.