Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hosts 'First Day Hike' of the New Year

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Once the new year hits, many of us make it a priority to get back into shape. What better way to do so in Colorado than enjoying the great outdoors?

On Monday morning, Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosted their First Day Hike of the new year. The hike took place at the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park.

However, they weren't the only ones getting some fresh air. 26 state parks across Colorado participated.

This is the 5th year Colorado Parks and Wildlife has hosted the event. About a dozen people showed up -- with hikers ranging from all ages.

"Everybody wants to do their new years resolution to get some exercise and have some fun," said Karen Ellison, who participated in the hike.

"Colorado is a really fit and active state in general. I think it's important to get folks out for their new years resolutions or just to have some fresh air fun," said Zach Schwasman, Park Ranger with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Hikers were also able to enjoy some hot chocolate while on their walk. The mile long hike lasted about an hour.

Those with CPW said they take pride in hosting the free event each year. If you'd like to learn more about upcoming hikes, they say to visit their website.

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