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Wyomingites can kick off new year with free guided hike at 15 state parks, historic sites

(Wyoming State Parks)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — On Jan. 1, 15 Wyoming state parks and historic sites will waive all-day use fees as part of America’s State Parks’ national First Day Hikes initiative.

Participants in any Wyoming site’s free guided hike can enter a drawing for a 2023 annual day-use certificate, according to a Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, & Trails news release. Hikers can also enter a statewide Grand Prize drawing for a Coleman Roadtrip X-Cursion Grill.

“We are thrilled to take part in this nationwide initiative once again, inviting guests of all ages to experience the beauty of Wyoming’s state parks and the rich history of our historic sites,” Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation Outreach Coordinator Laurel Thompson said. “We hope our passion for the outdoors will inspire participants to take advantage of the many local treasures and outdoor recreational opportunities across the state throughout the upcoming year.”


Hikers should prepare for winter weather conditions and dress appropriately, the release said. Most locations will offer hot drinks and refreshments, but hikers should also bring their own water and snacks.

The Routes

Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, which range from 1 to 4 miles in length. To learn more about First Day Hike events, find individual sites on Facebook or visit wyoparks.org.

(Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, & Trails graphic)

Cap City News included links to Facebook posts of participating state parks that are in the eastern half of Wyoming.