First Day Hike

Hike the New Year in with State Parks

Start your New Year off on the right foot…literally.  If you’re like me and forget to plan for the New Year’s celebration then the holiday can be a depressing one for the entire family.

My new resolution is to plan a happy New Year’s celebration for my family. This should be their last hurrah before school starts in January and it’s back to the grindstone.

Enter First Day Hike. This event is brilliant because all I have to do is plan to be there with my family. Utah State Parks, in partnership with America’s State Parks, sponsor guided First Day Hike Programs on New Year’s Day.

I’m taking my family to hike at Antelope Island. Wendy Wilson is a Park Naturalist at Antelope Island. She has inspired me to kayak the Great Salt Lake on a guided tour with her in 2014. She will be leading the First Day hike.

First Day Hike
Courtesy Wendy Wilson

Not only will we be hiking in the New Year, we will also have a well-educated discussion about the geologic forces that created the area…killing two birds with one stone.

I know I can add this hike to our memorable visits to State Parks where we have connected with one another and felt rejuvenated through our natural surroundings.

We’ve played at Bear Lake in the summer, panned for gold at This is the Place in the Fall, created sand castles in Snow Canyon’s sand dunes in winter, and seen the vistas at Dead Horse Point in the Spring.

First Day Hikes offer a great way to help remind our children (and ourselves) why we get outside and exercise because of the way it makes us feel.

First Day Hike
Courtesy Wendy Wilson

If you go:

Day-use fees apply

Wear warm clothes

Bring water and snacks.

Remember, the weather on Antelope Island can change without notice and distances are pretty deceiving.

 If you miss First Day Hike and want to start your New Year on the right foot you can go snowshoe, ski, cross country ski, or sled. Make this an active New Year. Your family will love it!

Visit  http://stateparks.utah.gov/ for more First Day hikes held at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Snow Canyon State Park, Yuba State Park.



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