Start the New Year off Right with First Day Hikes!

November 30, 2017

PHOENIX – The best way to start the new year is outside with Arizona State Parks & Trails! This year is the 6th annual national collaboration of all 50 State Park systems across the nation hosting guided "First Day Hikes" on New Year's Day.

The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) encourages everyone to kick off the new year with a guided hike, walk or tour in any of of the participating state parks across Arizona.

“What better way to welcome the New Year than hiking Arizona’s exceptional natural landscapes,” said Governor Ducey. “Take advantage of the bountiful outdoor recreation opportunities of Arizona’s unique lands, lakes, river, and cultural places. Without a doubt, Arizona is the most beautiful state in the country.”

Explore the beauty and diversity of Arizona, its parks and its trails while starting the new year off on a healthy note. Arizona's "First Day Hikes" give individuals and groups an opportunity to see parts of the state they may have never visited or kick off 2018 in their favorite park.

"This is a chance to truly celebrate all that Arizona State Parks and Trails has to offer," said Sue Black, executive director of Arizona State Parks & Trails. "With rich diversity, amazing views, and something for everyone. We hope Arizonans join us at a state park on New Year’s Day and throughout 2018.”

A full listing of First Day Hikes with locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips can be found at There are many types of activities to choose from, including desert hikes, bird walks, nature hikes, tours and even a concert!

Keep checking for updates or changes due to weather. Please note that some hikes require reservations and some don't allow dogs, so be sure to check the website for specific information on your chosen hike location.

WHAT: First Day Hikes

WHERE: Various state parks throughout Arizona - Find details on locations

WHEN: Monday, January 1, 2018

"Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our parks and through our partners."

For information about all 35 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit

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