Arizona State Parks and Trails Celebrates 60 Years and Holds 60 First Day Hikes throughout Arizona on January 1

December 23, 2016

PHOENIX - The National Association of State Park Directors presents the 5th annual national collaboration of all 50 State Park systems across America to sponsor guided "First Day Hikes" on New Year's Day. 

"Start the new year right by joining our state park rangers and volunteers on outdoor hikes where you'll learn more about our state's natural diversity," said Governor Ducey. "These lands, lakes, rivers, historic places and rich natural areas offer ample recreational and educational opportunities to individuals, families, businesses and communities."

Arizona's "First Day Hikes" offer individuals and groups an opportunity to begin the New Year on a healthy note by exploring the beauty of Arizona, its parks and its trails. This year, there will be 60 hikes and other activates offered in state parks on January 1, 2017 to celebrate the diamond anniversary of the Arizona State Parks and Trails. Additional events will be held throughout 2017 to commemorate the anniversary and will be announced at

"We welcome everyone to get outdoors on Arizona's trails," said Sue Black, Executive Director of Arizona State Parks. "There are hikes all over the state, from brisk hikes to casual walks in the parks, you'll find one to meet your needs."

A full listing of First Day Hikes with locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips regarding proper clothing can be found at There is something for everyone, including desert hikes, bird walks, a boat ride, hot chocolate and s'mores, and even snow play (weather permitting)! 

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 hike locations at

WHEN: January 1, 2017 

For information about Arizona State Parks and the many recreational, historical and cultural programs call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit


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