As the sun rises on the first day of 2022, area parks and open spaces will 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 $8 per vehicle; annual passes are available for $80. 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. For a complete list of First Day hikes in the Colorado Springs area, click here. Meanwhile, here are a few highlights!
Colorado State Parks have taken on the tradition of hosting New Year’s Day hikes – to start the New Year out right! Choose from three different hikes and make sure to bring water, snacks, (snowshoes?) and dress for snow. Audience: All Ages (the 11 a.m. Forest Bathing hike does require reservations and hikers must be 9 or older) Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center
Saturday, January 1, 2022
Get a head start on your fitness goals by participating in a self-guided First Day Hike at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Choose from a one, three or five-mile hike. Hikes are 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