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In what is becoming an increasingly popular New Year’s Day activity, Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, and Trails provides: “First Day Hikes” – a perfect way for Wyoming residents to celebrate the New Year outdoors.

“There is nothing more rejuvenating than sharing a brisk hike with Wyoming State Park staff in some of the most amazing parks and historic sites in the country,” State Parks Administrator Domenic Bravo said.



State Parks:
  • Residents:
    • $4.00 per car
  • Non-Residents:
    • $6.00 per car
Historic Sites and Archaeological Sites:
  • Residents:
    • $2.00 per person
    • Free for 18 years or younger
  • Non-Residents:
    • $4.00 per person
    • Free for 18 years or younger
*There will be no additional charges to participate in the hikes other than what's stated above.

Details about: hike locations, difficulty, length, terrain, and tips regarding proper clothing are listed below.

Bear River

Come and celebrate the New Year with Bear River State Park on January 1st starting at 9:00am with our annual First Day Hike!  In an effort to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation, we would like to invite you to this kids and family friendly event that will be fun, informative and free! This will be an easy hike that will be approximately 1 to 2 miles long. 

  • We will start the walk at the City of Evanston Bear Community Center/Ice Ponds. 
  • We will walk from the Community Center to the State Park Visitor Center where we will provide snacks and warm drinks. 
  • We will also have drawings for prizes at that time. 
  • People are then encouraged to enjoy the rest of the trails throughout the Park on their own after the drawing is completed.

Please wear adequate outdoor clothing.  Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash. RSVP's are appreciated but not required.  Please RSVP by calling 307-789-6540.


  • We will be meeting at the Boysen State Park Headquarters at 120 Boysen Drive at 10:00 am which will be the starting point for our hike.
  • The hike will be about 1 mile long through moderate to difficult terrain with the goal of going to where our web camera is located so our guests can enjoy the breathtaking views rarely seen by the public.
  • The hike will end back at the Headquarters Office where hot chocolate and refreshments will be served.
  • Dogs on leashes permitted.
  • 307-876-2796

Buffalo Bill

Meet at Hayden Arch Bridge, located 1.5 miles out of town on the right hand side of the road (it's the old Yellowstone Highway).  The hiking trail is two miles one way so plan accordingly.

  • The hike will begin at Hayden Arch Bridge at 9 a.m. and end around 3 p.m.
  • There will also be a camp fire (weather dependent) and hot drinks provided.

Please dress accordingly and come enjoy the scenic road below Buffalo Bill Dam and Reservoir. Dogs on leashes permitted. 307-587-9227

Curt Gowdy

  • A two-mile hike on Kate's Trail. Meet at Curt Gowdy Visitor Center at 11 a.m.
  • Moderate difficulty.
  • Dogs on leashes permitted.
  • 307-632-7946

Edness Kimball Wilkins

  • A two-mile hike on natural surface on the Nature Trail.
  • Beginning at 10 a.m. Meet at Shop.
  • Handicapped accessible hard-surfaced paths provide visitors with an opportunity to view some of the best wildlife and birdwatching in the area.
  • Dogs allowed on leashes in designated areas.
  • 307-577-5150

Fort Bridger

Join us at Fort Bridger on January 1, 2018 at 1pm for our annual First Day Hike.

  • Participants will begin at the Post Trader's Store and walk around the site three times for a total of one mile with refreshments offered at the museum.
  • Everyone and their dogs on leash are welcome.

The past comes alive through costumed interpreters, museum displays and a reconstruction of Jim Bridger’s trading post. 307-782-3842

Fort Fetterman

We will be meeting on Monday, January 1, 2018, for a stroll from the Ft. Fetterman museum parking lot, up to the Fort cemetery, and back. This is likely to be a leisurely stroll but might end up a forced march, depending on weather and discussions.

Mel Glover, the superintendent, will lead the walk, and is always happy to answer any questions that folks might have. He claims that he'll be there regardless of the weather, and challenges anyone else to be there as well.

Glover says "We are always amazed at the difficulties that pioneers, soldiers, and indigenous people accepted as a part of life on the plains. I'm always looking to get a small taste of that experience, even if it's uncomfortable or unpleasant. Of course, on this day I'll have hot chocolate as a reward and will be able to go home to a comfortable couch and a big bowl of chili."

More information:

  • Where: Meet at the Fort Fetterman parking lot (752 Highway 93, about 7 1/2 miles outside of Douglas, WY)
  • When: We'll be stepping off at 10:00 AM and will be done before noon. Staff will arrive around 9:30.
  • Length of Route: 1.2 miles total (.6 mile one-way)
  • Difficulty: We'll be walking on a graded, gravel road, that winds uphill to the cemetery. This is moderately difficult in the summertime.
  • Special Considerations: Please dress appropriately with plenty of layers so that you can adjust your clothing as you warm up or cool off. A good idea is to have a wind-breaking layer, at least one warmth layer, and an under-layer. A warm hat and gloves are always a good idea, along with proper footwear and sunglasses. Don't forget your water bottle and maybe a snack.
  • Facilities: The restroom blocks are closed for the winter!
  • Safety Considerations: Dress appropriately and be prepared for changing conditions. We won't be out long, but we're all familiar with a Wyoming Winter and how quickly things might change. We have been assured by local herpetologists that there is zero chance of rattle snakes!
  • Cost: $2 per Wyoming resident or $4 for out-of-staters. Kids are free.
  • Payoff: Braggin' rights, a little exercise, a chance to learn about the Fort and region, a steaming cup of hot chocolate provided by the event staff, and maybe spotting an eagle overhead.
  • Dogs on leashes permitted.
  • 307-358-9288

Fort Fred Steele

  • Up to a one-mile hike, meet at Post Trader's house at 1 p.m. and dress for the weather.
  • This frontier Army post has a fascinating history interlacing transportation with the military and growth of the lumber and livestock industries in Wyoming.
  • Many of the foundations are visible but very few structures are intact.
  • Dogs on leashes permitted.
  • 307-370-0573

Fort Phil Kearny

2.5 mile strenuous hike beginning at 12 noon. Meet at Interpretive Center.


A 2.5 mile hike, starts at 10 a.m. Meet at yurts.

There will be 2 hiking trails:

  • The 2.5 mile moderate difficulty trail uses the CCC Trail which is comprised of Lakeview, Marsh Mountain and North Bluff trails.
    • The hike will use the bluff path besides the reservoir. You’ll have spectacular views of the reservoir.
  • The easier trail known as the Roadway trail (shorter in length) will use the road surface.
  • Both trail hikes end up at the Guernsey “Castle.”
    • The Castle, with its giant fireplace and winding steps, leads to an observation area with a great view of the park and reservoir.

At the end of the hikes, there will be hot chocolate and snacks back at the yurts. Dogs on leashes permitted.


Hot Springs

  • We will meet at the Kiwanis Washakie Shelter @ 11:00 a.m.
  • One group will take the river walk approximately a half mile and the more adventurous group will take the "Spirit Trail" Which is a mile hike.
  • Coffee, hot chocolate and chili will be served after the hike.
  • Dogs on leashes permitted.
  • 307-864-2176


  • Starting at the Headquarters building, a 1.3 mile hike to the Tatanka shelter on the Marina Trail.
  • The walk is on a concrete walking path and is not a difficult hike.
  • Hike starts at 10 am and will last about 2 hours.
  • There will be hot cocoa, tea or coffee and snacks for all.
  • We ask that everyone dress for the weather conditions.
  • People can expect to see deer, turkeys, and various seasonal birds along the path.
  • Dogs on leashes permitted.
  • 307-756-3596

Medicine Lodge

  • A one-mile hike on Nature Trail and Park Road. 
  • Easy difficulty. 
  • Meet in main parking area at 10 a.m. Ice skating afterward on our new rink. 
  • Bring your own skates or borrow ours (limited supply).
  • Refreshments served after the hike.
  • Dogs on leashes permitted.
  • 307-469-2234

Sinks Canyon

Sinks Canyon hike will start at the Nature Trail Parking Lot in the Popo Agie Campground and proceed approximately 3 miles along the Canyon Loop Trail. The start time will be 1 p.m. Dogs on leashes permitted.


South Pass City

Two-mile hike beginning at 11 a.m., meet at Dance Hall. South Pass City is one of the most authentic and complete historic sites in the country. There are 30 historic log, frame and stone buildings that remain on 39 acres of land. Dogs on leashes permitted.


Trail End

Get off the couch and on your feet for Trail End's third annual First Day Hike! Sure, it might be cold, but walking warms you up. You'll make new friends, discover new history and in general have a great time! Meet us at the Kendrick Mansion at 10 a.m. New Year's Day for a gentle 2.5 mile hike through Sheridan's historic Nielsen Heights neighborhood.

Hot chocolate and healthy snacks await you upon your return. We even have a raffle! Dogs on leashes permitted. 307-674-4589




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