First Day Hike Planned
(Deming) – If you’re already looking ahead to New Year’s Day, this will be of interest to you: 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.
Organizers say 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 1st, 2015, at a state park close to home.
Rockhound State Park east of Deming will have an organized hike on January 1st beginning at 8:30 a.m. which organizers describe as a “moderate” hike level, and City of Rocks State Park between Deming and Silver City will have an organized hike on January 1st beginning at 9 a.m. which officials categorize as “moderate-to-strenuous.”
The historic First Day Hike at Elephant Butte Lake State Park will be the only opportunity during the year for visitors to walk across the dam. Hikes there are planned for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and are listed as “moderate.”
Regardless of the park selected, promoters say 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.
State Parks Director Tommy Mutz said First Day Hikes are a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off extra holiday calories.
He added that getting out into nature can recharge your mind, body and spirit after the hectic holiday season.
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