First Day Hikes in Wyoming

Cheyenne, WY(KGWN)- The National Parks Service is celebrating 100 years of service and they have teamed up with Wyoming State Parks to celebrate. Both will offering a "First Day Hikes" event on New Years day. You can join them on different hikes around Wyoming. In total there are 11 different hikes at different state parks and historic sites. Domenic Bravo, the administration of Wyoming State Parks, and John Keck, from the National Park Service, recently joined us to tell us more about this celebration.

In Wyoming, hikes will be offered at the following locations and times:

Bear River State Park - Short 2.5 mile nature hike along the Bear River. Hike distance will vary upon participant’s abilities. Meet at the Visitor Center. Begin at 10 a.m.

Curt Gowdy State Park – Up to four mile hike on a trail to be determined. Meet at Aspen Grove Trail head at 1 p.m.

Edness K. Wilkins State Park – There will be two walks. One will be wheelchair accessible and the other will be on natural surface on the nature trail. Each 2 miles. Begin at 10 a.m.

Fort Bridger State Historic Site – one mile hike/walk around the historic site. Meet at entrance booth at 1 p.m. The hike is mostly level with no inclines.

Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site – up to two-mile hike, meet at bridge tender’s house parking lot at 10 a.m.

Glendo – Two mile hike beginning at the Dam Overlook Trail Head. Meet at 10 a.m.

Guernsey State Park – 1.5 – 2 mile hike, start at 10 a.m.
Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site - 1.25 mile hike on Nature Trail and park road. Meet in main parking area at 10 a.m. Sneak peak at new visitor center displays and exhibits.

Keyhole State Park - starting at the Headquarters building and hiking to the Tatanka group shelter and back (approximately 1 mile) 10 a.m.

Sinks Canyon - Sinks Canyon hike will start at the Nature Trail Parking Lot in the Popo Agie Campground and proceed approximately 2 miles along the Canyon Loop trail. The start time will 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served in the Sage Yurt in Popo Agie Campground upon completion.

Tail End –Visitors and their leashed pets are invited to meet at the East Entrance to the Kendrick Mansion (400 Clarendon Avenue) for a brisk urban hike through Sheridan's historic Nielsen Heights neighborhood. The hike should take about an hour and will end at the Kendrick Mansion for hot beverages and light snacks.

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