Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes in 19 state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states. First Day Hikes offer individuals and families the opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1, 2015 at a state park close to home. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.
“We are excited to host First Day Hikes as part of this national effort to get people outdoors and into our parks,” said Tommy Mutz, State Parks Director. ”First Day Hikes are a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off those extra holiday calories by starting the New Year with an invigorating hike in one of our beautiful state parks. Getting out into nature can recharge your mind, body and spirit after the hectic holiday season.”
New Mexico’s State Parks boast a wide variety of beautiful settings for year-round outdoor recreation, and each First Day Hike will offer an opportunity to explore unique natural and cultural treasures close to home. From Sugarite Canyon in the north to Rockhound in the south, hikers can climb hills and mountain tops, walk along ponds, beaches and dams, and traverse trails through forests, fields and deserts.
The historic First Day Hike at Elephant Butte Lake State Park will be the one and only opportunity during the year for visitors to walk across the dam. Hikers can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter, experience spectacular views and vistas and benefit from the company of a knowledgeable state park guide.
The following are the First Day Hikes scheduled in State Parks for 2015:
|STATE PARK||HIKE TIME||HIKE LEVEL|
|Bluewater Lake||10 am & 12 pm||Moderate|
|Bottomless Lakes||9 am||Moderate to strenuous|
|Caballo Lake||9 am||Moderate|
|Cerrillos Hills||1 pm||Moderate|
|City of Rocks||9 am||Moderate to strenuous|
|Eagle Nest Lake||11 am||Easy to strenuous|
|Elephant Butte Lake||10 am & 2 pm||Moderate|
|Hyde Memorial||10 am||Moderate|
|Leasburg Dam||10 am & 1 pm||Moderate|
|Living Desert Zoo & Gardens||9 am||Easy|
|Navajo Lake||9:30 am||Easy to moderate|
|Oasis||1 pm||Moderate to strenuous|
|Oliver Lee Memorial||11 am||Easy|
|Santa Rosa Lake||1 pm||Easy|
|Sugarite Canyon||10 am||Easy|
|Sumner Lake||1 pm||Moderate|
|Ute Lake||10 am & 2 pm||Easy to moderate|
|Villanueva||10 am||Moderate to strenuous|
Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, which average one to two miles or longer depending on the state park. Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on the Event Calendar on the New Mexico State Parks website.
Visit www.nmparks.org to find a First Day Hike nearest you.
Fort Sumner Municipal Schools Middle and High School Art Students Cordially Invites you to our 2nd Annual Robin Simmons 5×7 Dart for the Art Show and Sale Friday December 5th from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Bosque Redondo Memorial, 3647 Billy The Kid Road, Fort Sumner. Preview art at 5:30, Hors deourves, music, 25% Off all Gift Shop Items and Featuring Jewelry & Rugs Trunk Show by R.B. Burnham and Company. For more information: Nola Richards at email@example.com or call Dorie Tucker at 620-249-3535 or 355-2573
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