Enjoy hikes and fun activities to start the New Year right!
Get ready for 2022! We can help you start the new year right and achieve your goals this year. Spend the first day of the year in the parks and celebrate the New Year! Join us for First Day Hikes, a national effort to kick off the year on a healthy note. There are fun activities for all, including hikes, tours, boat rides, and even s'mores! Remember to wear the appropriate shoes, bring plenty of water, a camera and your sense of adventure!
Park entrance fees apply. Please check the park website for more information and to register (if required).
Choose from the following hikes:
Buckskin Mountain State Park (Parker - MAP IT) - (928) 667-3231
9 a.m. - Ranger and volunteer-led hike
Join us at Buckskin Mountain State Park for a great hike along the Market Trail Loop. All hikers are encouraged to meet at the Buckskin Mountain State Park Ranger Station 10 minutes before departure time. The trail is approximately 3 miles with plenty of options for photos overlooking the Colorado River, as well as the serene Buckskin Mountain range. This is an easy to moderate trail, and we ask all hikers to please bring plenty of water and a small snack and to come prepared in proper hiking footwear (no open-toed shoes).
Cattail Cove State Park (Lake Havasu City - MAP IT) - (928) 855-1223
10 a.m. - Ranger Led Hike
Meet at the launch ramp/trailhead area. This is a moderate two to three-mile hike and will last approximately three hours. The hike will discuss the history, fauna, and wildlife of the area. Bring comfortable shoes, water, and snacks.
Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Cottonwood - MAP IT) - (928) 634-5283
10 a.m. - Birding and Nature Hike
Meet at the West Lagoon parking lot. The guided 3-mile birding and nature hike will go along the riparian area of the Verde River and around the edges of the lagoons to look for evidence of beaver, otter, waterfowl and other wildlife found in the park. Enjoy cookies prior to the hike.
2 p.m. - Guided Hike
Three-mile guided upland desert hike overlooking the Verde Valley. This hike provides great views overlooking the Verde River and Tuzigoot National Monument.
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area (Show Low - MAP IT) - (928) 537-3680
1 p.m. History of Adair
Join us at Fool Hollow Lake for a history hike in the New Year! Hikers will meet at the Bluebird ramada in the west day-use area for this easy 1.5 hour hike. Learn how it all started! The History of the Adair Settlement in the 1800s and how Fool Hollow got its name. We will discuss our unique partnership with the US Forest Service, Game and Fish Department, and the city of Show Low. Each hiker will receive a map of the Adair settlement as it was under Fool Hollow over a century ago as well as information about some of the settlers, including Thomas Adair himself.
Homolovi State Park (Winslow - MAP IT) - (928) 289-4106
10 a.m. - Tsü'vö Trail to Diné Point Hike
Join a Park Ranger for a 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.
Kartchner Caverns State Park (Benson - MAP IT) - (520) 586-2283
9 a.m. - Guindani Trail
The Guindani Trail (#398), located on the east flank of the Whetstone Mountains in the Coronado National Forest, is 4.2 miles in length (the first mile is an easy walk, next 2/3 of the trail is moderately difficult and the last leg is strenuous). This is a shared-use, non-motorized trail that is well-marked with directional signs. Meet at the group campground.
3 p.m. - Foothill Loop Trail
Come start your New Year off right and hike our Foothills Loop Trail with us. Join rangers on a moderate 2.5 mile guided hike for the first day of the new year and explore the geology and history of the San Pedro River Valley. Make sure to bring water and appropriate clothing. Meet at the Hummingbird Garden.
Cave Tours are also available from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. BOOK A TOUR
Lake Havasu State Park (Lake Havasu - MAP IT) - (928) 855-2784
10 a.m. - Sunset Trail
Meet at Lot 2 right inside the park to join this guided hike of the Sunset Trail. The hike is moderate, with sand and asphalt trails, about 1.5-2 miles long. The hike will also feature a stop at one of the lighthouses in the park and end with snacks and water at our lovely Cactus Garden. Bring comfortable shoes and water.
Lost Dutchman State Park (Apache Junction - MAP IT) - (480) 982-4485
Hikes canceled due to predicted weather.
Lyman Lake State Park (St. John's - MAP IT) - (928) 337-4441
10 a.m. - Ranger-led hike
Join us for a guided hike of the Petroglyph Trail (weather dependent). The trail requires a mild climb, and a number of petroglyphs (pictures carved on stone) and interpretive signs are easily visible. Meet at the general store.
Picacho Peak State Park (Eloy - MAP IT) - (520) 466-3183
10 a.m. - Calloway Trail Guided Hike
Hike the Calloway trail up to an overlook below the face of Picacho Peak. This trail is moderately difficult. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Elevation gain will be 300ft, 1.5 miles round-trip and roughly 1.5 hours. Registration is recommended; however, walk-ups will be allowed based on available space. Maximum number of participants is 20. Meet at Harrington Loop. Please feel free to contact the ranger station for any questions.
Red Rock State Park (Sedona - MAP IT) - (928) 282-6907
9 a.m. - Bird Walk
Learn about Sedona's diverse and beautiful bird species while taking a stroll through this gorgeous park with a veteran bird enthusiast. Bring binoculars to get the most out of the experience. Hike lasts approximately two hours. Meet at the Visitor Center rooftop.
10 a.m. - Guided Nature Walk
A volunteer naturalist will lead a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archaeology, and plant life.
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park (Flagstaff - MAP IT) (928) 779-4395
2 p.m. - Guided Walk - Nature in Your Backyard Winter Edition
Join us at 2:00 pm on the first day of the new year at Riordan Mansion for an exploration of wintertime nature in Flagstaff. This guided walk will last about an hour as we explore our 5 acres. Please dress warmly and be prepared to go off the paved path. Families are very welcome! RSVP at 928-779-4395. Free with paid $2 per person park admission.
Slide Rock State Park (Sedona - MAP IT) (928) 282-3034
Hike canceled due to weather.
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park (Payson - MAP IT) (928) 476-4202
10 a.m.- Bridging Arizona, a ranger-led hike
In the heart of Arizona, near the center of a region called the Transition Zone, lies a geologic marvel. Tonto Natural Bridge, thought to be the world's largest travertine nature bridge, has been dazzling visitors for over a century. But what if this magnificent arch was more than just stone over air? On New Year’s day, join Ranger Micah as he leads a half-mile, one and a half hour walk over the bridge. With him as your guide, you will discover how Tonto Natural Bridge binds Arizona, connecting its culture, spanning the eons, and marrying ecosystems. Bring good walking shoes, water, weather appropriate clothing, and your curiosity!