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'First Day Hike' Jan. 1 in state park

Dec 26, 2014 From staff reports

For the fourth consecutive year, Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails are providing First Day Hikes,a way for Wyoming residents to celebrate New Year's Day outdoors.

Eight guided hikes will take place Jan. 1 at venues statewide in conjunction with similar walks across the country. The family friendly initiative was organized by America's State Parks.

In Fremont County, a hike will be offered at 9 a.m. at the Nature Trail parking lot in Sinks Canyon State Park. There is no cost to participate.

The walk is roughly 2 miles long and proceeds along the Canyon Loop Trail.

Afterward, refreshments will be served in the Sage Yurt in the Popo Agie Campground.

Participants in this year's hikes also will have a chance at winning a Mountain Hardware micro ratio down jacket or state parks and historic sites annual day use permits.

To add a little "spice" to this year's event, there will be a competition between the Wyoming and Arizona state park systems. The director of the state who registers a lower percentage of participation, compared to the previous year, must wear a pink cowboy hat.

"These First Day Hikes have been very successful for the division; we had over 500 participants statewide," said Wyoming State Parks administrator Domenic Bravo.

"First Day Hikes have become arejuvenatingtradition for ringing in the New Year. The program provides visitors with an opportunity to see our parks, trails andhistoricsites from a unique perspective, while enjoying Wyoming's beautiful winter wonderland."

Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, which average one to two miles depending on the state park or historic site.

Elsewhere in Wyoming, hikes will be offered at Bear River State Park, Curt Gowdy State Park, Edness K. Wilkins State Park, Fort Bridger State Historic Site, Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site, Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site and Keyhole State Park.

Participants are urged to wear adequate clothing. Coffee and hot chocolate will be provided, and most locations will have a bonfire. The entry fee to participating parks will be waived, and leashed dogs are welcome.

RSVPs are requested but not required and can be made by e-mailing .

For more information, call the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails at 777-6323.

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