Kick-off a new decade and start a new-year tradition at this annual event.

Did you resolve to get in shape, get outside more, and spend more time with friends and family in 2021? Then Colorado's First Day Hikes are a great place to get started. First Day Hikes are guided hikes hosted at state parks throughout the U.S. every January 1. The event is designed to reintroduce people to year-round activities, as there are a ton of things to do in parks in the winter, as well as promote healthy lifestyles throughout the year.

The first First Day Hike was held over 20 years ago at Blue Hills Reservation in Massachusetts. Colorado's state parks joined the event in 2012, and the number of parks and hikers that participate are growing in leaps and bounds every year.

First Day Hikes in Colorado
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"First Day Hikes offer a chance to start the new year right by getting people out for some exercise in nature. Each participating park offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the new year, with most parks offering guided hikes and some parks providing multiple options to choose from, allowing you to select the time and route you prefer," says Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). 

There are also several self-guided hikes that are suggested in addition to the guided options. 

Please note that to participate in the hikes for free, guests must have a valid park pass. Otherwise, guests can purchase a daily pass costs $9 per vehicle; annual passes are $80. Check out your favorite park below for times, trails, and everything you need to know to start the new year off right. Here's to a happy and healthy 2021!  

View the list of participating Colorado parks below, courtesy of CPW. You can learn more info about each hike, as well as recommended apparel and gear, on the First Day Hike website. Parks all over the state are offering hikes that will be sure to kick off 2021 right, so find one near you and join in!

If you choose to take a trek into the great wide open, don’t forget to dress appropriately for the terrain and weather. Check out each park's suggestions for equipment to bring, such as trekking poles or snowshoes, and what to wear. Don't forget to bring plenty of water, as well—even though it may be chilly, staying hydrated is important!