COLORADO — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hoping you will make it a point to go outside and enjoy the parks on New Year's Day as part of First Day Hikes.
The program was created to encourage people to visit a state park and spend some quality time with friends and family. This year, there are more than 30 First Day Hikes taking place across the state.
Many parks this year will offer guided hikes, free giveaways, refreshments and merchandising discounts on New Year's Day.
More importantly...the hikes are free, but park visitors must possess a valid park pass to participate.
According to CPW, First Day Hikes was created more than 25 years ago and more than 72,700 across the country participated in First Day Hikes earlier this year.
CPW said the First Day Hikes will "vary in ability levels and length" depending on which park you decide to visit and that day's weather conditions.
Local participating state parks in Southern Colorado include Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Lake Pueblo State Park, Lathrop State Park and Mueller State Park.
For a full list of what hikes each park will offer on New Year's Day, click here.