Montana State Parks invites the public to usher in the New Year with "First Day Hikes" at Montana State Parks on New Year's Day, January 1, 2015.
These free, guided hikes are easy to moderate in difficulty and range from 1 to 3.5 miles in distance. Hikers should dress for the winter weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots appropriate to the conditions, and bring water and snacks.
"First Day Hikes" is an annual, nationwide special event co-sponsored by America's State Parks. Last year, the event saw record participation with over 800 hikes and 28,000 participants across all 50 states.
First Day Hikes originated over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year round recreation at state parks. Last year marked the first time all 50 state park systems have joined together to sponsor First Day Hikes.
To find a Montana State Parks' First Day Hike near you, please click here.