Outdoors Geek Northface PackagesTired of wasting the first day of the year, recovering from that nasty hangover? Got the feeling you still have last year’s extra holiday calories and you are concerned that this year won’t be any different?

Change all that and begin the year the way you should. Experts alike say how you start the year will set the tone for how the rest of the year will follow and there is no better way to start 2016 than breathing the healthy fresh air of a state park.

Get rid of those extra holiday calories with an invigorating hike while listening to birds, feeling the wind and the warmth of the sun or the crisp cool snow. View amazing wildlife or discover wildlife tracks and rejuvenate yourself in the astonishing outdoors.

Take advantage this 2016 of the First Day Hikes hosted in all 50 state park systems and get that boost you need to achieve your New Year resolutions. It doesn’t matter where you are aiming for: productivity, health, education or fitness. Any goal you have will seem closer with a good start.

Winter camping bundle up, Backpacks and trekking gearFirst Day Hikes are guided expeditions that offer a great way to get exercise, explore nature and welcome in the New Year with friends and family. The hikes, available at 23 state parks across the state, are free, but park visitors must possess a valid parks pass to participate.

The First Day Hikes program was launched more than 25 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts as part of a national initiative to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation in the great outdoors.​​​

According to the National Association of State Park Directors, nearly 41,000 people hiked 79,000 miles in state parks across the country during the 2015 First Day Hike.

Where To Hike

There is always a hike for any skill level, preferences and conditions. For instance: If you enjoy hiking with your dog, remember not all state parks allow it, but some do. Therefore, it is important to go over the state park’s regulations before making your selection.

Here, you will find a list of some of the most popular First Day Hikes events in Colorado.

Remember you can find and get everything you need for your outdoors adventure at Outdoors Geek. We are here to help put quality outdoor experiences within your reach.

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