First Day Hike

Pick the right trail to start off the year with a bang!

Start 2016 off right on an leisurely or invigorating hike with family and friends to celebrate the new year in "Your" beautiful State Parks. Remember to wear appropriate shoes, bring plenty of water, a camera and Create Your Adventure!
Please contact the park to make reservations, (where required) to help them manage staffing.

Park entrance fees apply. Please check park website for more information.

Trails for the entire family

Alamo Lake State Park

Alamo Lake State Park (Wenden) - FREE DAY USE FOR HIKERS
9am.
Join Ranger Ron Logan on a one-mile hike. The hike will showcase plants and animals of the park. Bring warm clothes, water, and good walking shoes. This is a moderate hike and is recommended for kids ages 10 and older. Download a map (PDF Document 851 KB PDF) (928) 669-2088

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park (Superior)
9:30am. - Bird Walk with Mark Ochs - See colorful Cardinals, Spotted Towhees and others while learning to ID birds based on their field marks, habits and habitat. 
10:30am. - Dog Socialization Walk
Join Sandra and her dogs Chaco & Buddy as you enjoy the scenic trails and give your own dogs a change to "sniff out the competition" with other four-legged friends and stretch their legs.
11am. - Guided Walk Along the 1.5 mile Main Trail.
Do ‘century plant’ agaves truly live 100 years? How old are the massive saguaros on the north side of Magma Ridge – compared with the twice-as-tall eucalyptus trees? Where can you still sneak a post-holiday kiss under genuine mistletoe? Arboretum volunteer tour guides are a wealth of knowledge and anecdotes about Sonoran Desert natural history for this tour on the main trail, that will last two hours. 

* The Arboretum allows leashed dogs -- if you're looking for a nearby eatery afterwards to get a late lunch with your canine compadre after enjoying the gardens and trails, Porter's Café in the nearby town of Superior has great burgers, cold beer, healthy salads.

12pm. - 2pm. - Native American style Sage Smoke blessing & Concert by Arvel Bird (celtic fiddle & flute)
Arvel Bird is a unique and inspiring musician who blends flute with Celtic fiddle. Curious to see how a recording artist with roots in both Paiute culture and Celtic music unites the two styles? http://ag.arizona.edu/bta Download a map
( PDF Document 851 KB PDF) (520) 689-2811

Buckskin Mountain State Park

Rocky the Ringtail.

Buckskin Mountain State Park (Parker)
10am.
Join AZ State Parks Mascot Rocky Ringtail for a moderately difficult hike, available to all ages. Led by Park Rangers Wayne Bailey and Ron Gayman. Meet at the Trailhead across from the Ranger Station. Pets are allowed and must be leashed. Length of the hike is about 2 hours, covering 1.5 miles of beautiful scenery and interpretation of popular desert trees. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, warm clothing and bring water. Binoculars and a camera are recommended. Walking sticks will be available for a small donation to help with park projects. Download a map (PDF Document 379 KB PDF) (928) 667-3231

Catalina State Park Catalina State Park (Tucson)
8am. Meet at the Equestrian Center parking area. Join Volunteer Gaston Meloche for a hike on the 50-year trail loop. This is a seven-mile hike with 450 feet elevation gain. This is a relatively easy hike and participants will return on an equally pleasing trail to make the loop. Download a map
(PDF Document 386 KB PDF) (520) 628-5798
Cattail Cove State Park

Cattail Cove State Park (Lake Havasu City)
10am. Meet at the launch ramp/trailhead area. This is a moderate two to three-mile hike and will last approximately three hours. The hike, led by Volunteers Bill and Betty Noble, will discuss the history, fauna and wildlife of the area. Bring comfortable shoes, water and snacks.
Download a map
(PDF Document 738 KB PDF) (928) 855-1223

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Cottonwood)
9am. Meet at the West Lagoon parking lot. The guided walk will meander along the riparian area of the Verde River and wander around the edges of the lagoons to look for evidence of beaver, otter, water fowl and other wildlife found in the park. Attendees should wear “weather appropriate” clothing, such as a jacket, sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Bring plenty of water and binoculars and a camera (it’s a good opportunity for photos and wildlife sightings). This hike will last approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Download a map (PDF Document 227 KB PDF) (928) 634-5283

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area (Show Low)
PARK ATTENDANCE FEE's WAIVED FOR 1st DAY HIKERS!
10am.
Meet Cindi Hall, local photographer and wildlife enthusiast, at the Bluebird Ramada/West Boat Ramp for an approximately 1.3 mile hike along the lake. The overall length and time needed for the hike will vary, depending on weather. The hike is suitable for all ages. Please dress in layers, wear appropriate shoes and carry water and a camera.
Download a map
(PDF Document 1.1 MB PDF) (928) 537-3680
Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park (Winslow)
1 pm. Join a Park Ranger for hike to Diné Point via the Tsu’vö trail. Hikers will pass by petroglyph's from the early occupation period at Homolovi (620-890AD) up to Diné Point overlook. The hike is on moderate, sandy trails and is approximately two miles total. Download a map (PDF Document 353 KB PDF) (928) 289-4106

Kartchner Caverns State Park® Kartchner Caverns State Park® (Benson)
1 - 3pm. Nature Walk/ Scavenger Hunt
Join Ranger Siria and Park Volunteers on a hike along the Foothills Loop Trail (2.5 miles) and learn about the southwest. We will encounter edible plants, materials used to make flour, dye, etc. Meet at the Discovery Center for a moderate hike. Please bring water, snacks, light sweater and suitable hiking shoes. Dogs on a 6-inch or shorter leash are welcome. Bring the kids for some family friendly outdoor fun! Download a map (PDF Document 419 KB PDF) (520) 586-2283
Lake Havasu State Park

Lake Havasu State Park (Lake Havasu City)
10am. Ranger Dale Irwin will lead a hike along the Sunset Trail discussing the flora and fauna of Lake Havasu. Meet at the trail head in the main lot. Download a map (PDF Document 690 KB PDF) (928) 855-2784

Lost Dutchman State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park (Apache Junction)
9am. Meet at Saguaro day-use area. Join us for a ranger and volunteer-led hike on Treasure Loop Trail. Learn about desert flora and fauna, the history of Superstition Mountains and the Lost Dutchman Mine. This is a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 500 feet. The hike will last approximately two hours and will cover 2.5 miles round trip. Carry water, dress in warm layers and wear sturdy trail shoes or hiking boots. In case of rain, hike will be cancelled. No pets, please. Please call in advance to reserve your space at (480) 982-4485. Download a map (PDF Document 1.2 MB PDF) (480) 982-4485

Lyman Lake State Park Lyman Lake State Park (St. John) - FREE DAY USE FOR HIKERS
All Day. Petroglyph scavenger hike/hunt on the Petroglyph Trail. Rangers have photographed 10 petroglyphs. Visitors will locate the petroglyphs and then use their phone, digital camera etc. to take photos and then show the ranger their photos. Photos for the scavenger hunt will be on a check off sheet that visitors can take with them on the hike. Visitors will have to pick up their check sheet at the General Store. Park passes for a cabin, electric site and day passes will be given to those who find the most petroglyphs!
Download a map (PDF Document 824 KB PDF) (928) 337-4441
Patagonia Lake State Park Patagonia Lake State Park (Patagonia)
9am. Meet at the Visitor Center. Petroglyph Site Hike: This hike is approximately three miles round trip. On top of the Petroglyph Site hill, explore the many petroglyphs and enjoy beautiful views of Patagonia Lake State Park and the surrounding area. The hike also takes participants through the popular birding trail, where you may get a glimpse of an Elegant Trogon. The hike is moderately difficulty with some elevation gain and rock scrambling required at the Petroglyph Hill. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and perhaps a walking stick. Sunscreen, binoculars and a camera are also recommended.
Download a map
(PDF Document 434 KB PDF) (520) 287-6965
Picacho Peak State Park Picacho Peak State Park (Eloy)
10am. Meet at the Harrington Loop for a Ranger led moderate hike along the Calloway Trail. The trail offers expansive views of the Sonoran Desert. This one-hour, 1.4 mile round-trip hike does not go to the top of the Peak. The hike is suitable for ages six and older. Wear hiking boots, bring sun protection and at least one liter of water per person.. Download a map (PDF Document 504 KB PDF) (520) 466-3183
Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park (Sedona)
10am. Guided Nature Hike. Join a volunteer naturalist interpreter for a one and a half hour walk while learning about the natural history, archeology and geology of the Red Rock area. Download a map (PDF Document 794 KB PDF) (928) 282-6907

Roper Lake State Park Roper Lake State Park (Safford) - FREE DAY USE FOR HIKERS
10am. Meet at the Dankworth Pond parking lot.  This will be a moderate hike of approximately 2 hours where the participants will enjoy exploring the pond, wildlife, fauna and the village. Bring appropriate hiking attire, water, snacks, camera, and binoculars. Download a map (PDF Document 688 KB PDF) (928) 428-6760
Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park (Sedona)
10am. Meet at the parking lot. This will be a moderate hike of approximately 2 miles with interpretive tidbits on the homestead, flora and fauna at Slide Rock State Park. Please wear sturdy shoes and layered clothing. Please bring drinking water. Download a map (PDF Document 688 KB PDF) (928) 428-6760

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park (Payson)
10am. The hike begins with a short talk on the history of the park. Participants will then join the trail guide and hike down the Gowan Trail to the observation deck. The hike will last about and hour and a half with trail distance of approximately a half mile. The trail is steep and requires several steps and may be difficult for persons with physical limitations.  Please no pets or strollers on the hikes. Hikes are subject to change or cancellation due to inclement weather. These hikes are limited to a maximum 30 people per hike and requires pre-registration. To register for a First Day Hike at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park please call the park at (928) 476-4202. Download a map (PDF Document 679 KB PDF)

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF FIRST DAY HIKES!

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