EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The New Mexico State Parks Division will sponsor free, guided hikes in 13 state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states.

“First Day Hikes offer individuals and families the opportunity to get outside, exercise, and
enjoy our state’s unique natural and cultural treasures close to home,” said Toby Velasquez,
state parks director. “The hikes are also a great way to experience nature in winter and
recharge after the busy holiday season.”

Last year, more than 50,000 people participated in the First Day Hike movement across the
country.

The hikes at participating New Mexico State Parks are free and open to the public at
all skill levels.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore forests, climb hills, stroll along
ponds, beaches and dams, and trek across desert landscapes. Knowledgeable guides will offer
their expertise on habitats, wildlife, and history of the state parks.

One of the more popular First Day Hikes takes place at Elephant Butte Lake State Park where
visitors are granted access to walk across the historic dam. It’s the one and only opportunity
during the year to experience the 107-year-old dam up close.

The following parks are hosting First Day Hikes:
Bottomless Lakes State Park
• Brantley Lake State Park
Cerrillos Hills State Park
City of Rocks State Park
• Eagle Nest Lake State Park
Elephant Butte Lake State Park
Hyde Memorial State Park
• Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park
Oasis State Park
Oliver Lee State Park
Pancho Villa State Park
Santa Rosa Lake State Park
• Sumner Lake State Park
Ute Lake State Park
For more information on all 35 New Mexico State Parks, click here.