First day hikes put 2023 on track |

First day hikes put 2023 on track

Stagecoach Lake, seen here in 2018, has frozen over, but conditions are not yet consistent. Steamboat Lake is ready for fishing.
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Four area state parks are helping people start 2023 on the right foot with First Day Hikes. 

Stagecoach, Steamboat Lake, Elkhead Reservoir and Yampa River state parks are all offering opportunities for people to get outside and moving on Sunday, January 1. 

All hikes are free but vehicles are required to have a valid park pass. 

West of Hayden, Yampa River and Elkhead Reservoir State Parks are providing self-guided scavenger hunt-style hikes at both locations. 

The challenge will be scored at the visitor center at Yampa River State Park and a prize will be awarded commemorating the special New Year occasion, according to a Facebook post from the parks.

In addition to participants seeking out specific items, there will likely be animal track boxes at specific points on trails at which people can guess what animal made the track.

Four-legged friends are welcome so long as they are leashed. 

For questions or more information, contact 970-276-2061. 

In North Routt, there will be a guided snowshoe hike on the Tombstone trail. The hike will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the visitor center and will extend for 1.1 miles. Difficulty is considered easy.

Snowshoes will be provided to those who don’t have them.

Hot drinks will be provided afterwards. 

South of Steamboat Springs, Stagecoach State Park is also hosting a First Day Hike starting at 10:30 a.m. The hike will begin at the Arrowhead Picnic Area and will proceed on snowshoes. Snowshoes will be provided to those who don’t have any. Hot chocolate and s’mores will be enjoyed by the fire after the hike and some prizes will be give to participants.

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