First Day Hikes in North Dakota state parks

The North Dakota Parks & Recreation has four state park locations participating in First Day Hikes on Jan. 1. First Day opportunities include a geocaching adventure, hikes and snowshoeing or cross-country skiing activities, pending on snow conditions.

The events are free and open to the public. State entry fees apply in the amount of $7/vehicle/day or a current annual pass. First Day Hikes in the Minot area include:

Cross Ranch State Park, Center – the 3rd Annual First Find, First Day Hike will start at 1 p.m. and take approximately an hour to complete. Participants should meet at the River People’s Visitor Center to start their geocaching adventure. To find the geocaches, visitors can use their smartphone or borrow GPS units from the park. Park staff will be available to guide visitors and assist with GPS units. The event’s difficulty level is a moderate level, and the distance will be about one mile.

Fort Stevenson State Park, Garrison – the First Day Hike Event will take place from 5-7 p.m. Those interested in taking part should meet at the visitor center and wear warm footwear and consider bringing snowshoes or skis pending on snow conditions. Park staff will provide candle luminaries to light the trail, creating a unique experience. Participants are invited to enjoy snacks and refreshments at the visitor center following the outdoor activities.