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  • Take a First Day Hike in Utah's State Parks
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    Published - 12/16/13 - 03:54 PM | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Hiking - Antelope Island - USP Photo
    Hiking - Antelope Island - USP Photo
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    (SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) - Utah State Parks, in partnership with America's State Parks, is sponsoring guided First Day Hike Programs on New Year’s Day. Begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. Day-use fees apply.

    Antelope Island State Park: Join us for a hike in the middle of an ancient sea as we discuss the geologic forces that created the unique ecosystem and landscape we see today. This is a beautiful and easy trail suitable for all ages. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Lakeside Trailhead located in Bridger Bay Campground site 8. Dogs on leashes are welcome. 801-773-2941

    Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park: Hike a portion of the ancient Ponderosa pine forest that grow out of the coral pink sands. Follow GPS coordinates to some of the oldest pine trees located in the dunes and learn what was happening in the world when these trees were seedlings. Hike is approximately 1.5-miles. Meet at 11 a.m. at the visitor center. Bring water and snacks. Dogs on leashes are allowed. 435-648-2800

    Dead Horse Point State Park: Join park staff on a 2.5 mile easy rated hike overlooking some of the most famous and breathtaking red rock country in the world. This area has been featured in many commercials and films including Thelma and Louise and The Lone Ranger. Meet at the visitor center at 11 a.m. Dress warm, bring plenty of water and a snack. Dogs on leashes welcome. 435-259-2614

    Snow Canyon State Park: Sunrise Hike BYOC (Bring Your Own Coffee) and welcome the sun as it climbs the red rock walls of Snow Canyon State Park. Join us on this early morning two-mile, round-trip hike to watch the magic of the first day of the new year unfold in the canyon! Hike is rated easy to moderate due to uneven terrain. Meet at the visitor center at 7 a.m. 435-628-2255

    Yuba State Park: Hike alongside the beautiful blue Yuba Reservoir waters with majestic Mt. Nebo in the background on a 1.5-mile hike. Meet at the Painted Rocks Campground at 11 a.m. Bring plenty of water and pack a lunch. This hike is rated moderate. Dogs on leashes welcome. 435-758-2611

    America's State Parks is committed to promoting outdoor recreation in state parks as a way to address obesity, especially among children. Getting kids outside and unplugged from video games and other electronic media creates a unique connection with nature that promotes physical and mental well-being and encourages creativity and stewardship of our shared resources.

    For more information, visit stateparks.utah.gov

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    Helen Wilson
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    December 17, 2013
    I wonder why Snow Canyon State Park is the only one not to allow dogs on leashes?
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