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New Years Hikes Planned By FWP

Kick off the New Year right with a First Day Hike at a state park near you.

On Jan. 1, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host First Day Hikes at Flathead Lake State Park (Wayfarers, West Shore and Lone Pine units), Travelers’ Rest State Park, Missouri Headwaters State Park, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, Spring Meadow Lake State Park, Pictograph Cave State Park and Makoshika State Park.

Being immersed in nature has never been more important for your mental health and physical wellbeing. These fun and informative hikes are open to all ages and are family friendly.

The Montana State Parks First Day Hike at Makoshika is a one-mile hike on the Bluebird Trail designed to introduce participants to the Badlands topography in this beautiful park.

Hike begins at 11 a.m. Free food, refreshments and drinks will be provided following the hike in the visitor center by the Friends of Makoshika. For more information, call 406-377-6256. No dogs allowed.

Hikers should wear weather- appropriate clothing, bring a water bottle and ice cleats or snowshoes if the trail conditions are snowy or icy.

First Day Hikes is an annual, nationwide special event co-sponsored by America’s State Parks, which originated more than 25 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation — a state park in Milton, Mass.

All 50 states will be participating in the 10th annual national event that encourages everyone to celebrate the New Year with guided outdoor exploration.

For more information on these or other Montana state parks, visit stateparks.

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