A fun way to spend New Years Day is to bundle up the family for a First Day Hike 2013. Most hikes even allow dogs, as long as they are on leashes. Make sure you bring plenty of water, snacks and weather appropriate gear.
Below are state parks you can find guided First Day Hikes in Utah or nearby:
This two mile round trip Buffalo Point Loop hike is located at Antelope Island State Park. Meet at Bridger Bay Campground, site 8, at 1:30pm. Entrance fees to Antelope Island apply. Hike is rated moderate, with an elevation gain of 600 feet within a mile. Dogs are welcome, but must be on leash at all times. Register online or call (801) 721-9569.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes
This two mile GPS hike is located on History Hike Trail. Because some parts of the trail are in sand, this hike is rated as moderate. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash at all times. Meet at the visitors center at 10am. RSVP by calling (435) 648-2800.
Bear River State Park in Wyoming
Located just an hour and twenty minutes from Salt Lake City, this hike is a short nature walk along the Bear River. This is a free hike, as all entrance fees have been waived for all Wyoming First Day Hikes. Hot chocolate and coffee will be provided. The hike begins at 10am at the Bear Shelter. Call (307) 789-6547 for more information.
Fort Bridger in Wyoming
This easy one mile hike will begin at 1pm at the Fort Bridger State Historic Site, and is perfect for families of all ages. Hot chocolate,coffee, prizes and refreshments will be provided for all participants. Nice dogs on leashes are welcome. Fort Bridger is located one hour and 45 minutes from Salt Lake City.
Valley of Fire in Nevada
This guided hike will take place from 10:30am to 12:30pm, and again 1pm to 3pm. It is an easy one and a half mile hike perfect for families of all ages. Along the way, learn all about the geology and history of the area. Bring a camera, appropriate footwear, sun screen, sunglasses and water. Inform staff at the gate you are participating in the hike to have the entrance fee waived. Located just one hour and 45 minutes from St George, Utah.
For a complete list of First Day Hikes in your area, visit the America’s State Parks website.