First Day Hikes at State parks

On January 1, 2021, some North Dakota state parks will be hosting First Day Hike events to including Lake Metigoshe, Cross Ranch, and Fort Stevenson State Parks. Depending upon snow conditions, event opportunities in North Dakota may include hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, fat tire biking, or kicksledding. Parks & Rec encourages everyone to opt outdoors on New Year’s Day, dressing for the weather conditions to maximize your First Day Hike experience.

Fort Stevenson State Park-Garrison, (337-5576): Start 2021 by participating in a self-guided luminary hike along the Flicker Loop (approximately 1 mile). Luminaries will be lit from 6-7:30 p.m. These activities are social distance friendly and will be held in accordance with ND Smart Restart guidelines. Pending snow conditions, participants may be able to cross country ski, snowshoe, fat tire bike or try out kicksledding. Park rentals are available to include cross country skis, snowshoes, and kicksleds.

Lake Metigoshe State Park-Bottineau (263-4651): Get outdoors and onto the trails to ring in the New Year by participating in the park’s “Hike & Seek: Winter Edition,” a self-guided adventure along the Hemerick Point Trail. Participants can park and start their adventure at the warming house. Park visitors can bring their own snowshoes or rent from the park by calling ahead to make prior arrangements.

Cross Ranch State Park-Center (794-3731): Join us for a guided snowshoe hike on the inner loop of the Matah Trail (1.4 miles) that will start at 1 p.m. from the trailhead, which is located adjacent to the River Peoples Visitor Center. This event is social distance friendly and will be held in accordance with ND Smart Restart guidelines. Bring your own snowshoes or arrive a bit earlier to rent from the park. If snow conditions are lacking, a guided hike will be offered.


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