Lake Havasu, Cattail Cove State Parks to host ‘First Day Hikes’
State parks nationwide will open their annual “First Day Hikes” this morning, inviting outdoors enthusiasts an opportunity to enjoy nature on New Year’s Day.
Visitors to Lake Havasu State Park today will be treated to a two-mile hike, touring scenic locations such as the park’s cactus gardens, long stretches of pristine white beaches and high hilltops overlooking Lake Havasu’s shoreline. Visitors to Cattail Cove, about 15 miles south of Lake Havasu City, will begin their own new year with a three-hour hike, led by park rangers who will discuss the history of the area and Parker Dam.
First Day Hikes are part of a national initiative by U.S. state parks each year to expose Americans to nature, while offering them an opportunity for outdoor recreation. The First Day Hike program has seen growing popularity since it began in 2012, and about 55,000 people participated in the First Day Hikes throughout the U.S. last year, according to the America’s State Parks organization.
“With each year that goes by, the program is getting more and more recognition,” said Lake Havasu State Park Manager Dan Roddy. “It’s a chance for people to go outside, do something fun and get together with like-minded people.”
According to Roddy, Lake Havasu State Park offers a diverse array of scenery to entertain visitors. “One of the nicest things about this hike is that it will go through our cactus garden, along the beach, and at certain points we’ll reach elevations to give us a view across the lake. In addition to our plantlife, there may even be some wildlife on the hike … you never know what you’re going to see.”
The weather will play a significant factor in today’s hikes, however. Today’s National Weather Service forecast predicts temperatures of about 50 degrees, with clear skies and winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour.
“People should dress for the weather, and wear comfortable shoes,” Roddy said.
First Day Hikes at Lake Havasu State Park and Cattail Cove State Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost of admission will be $3 per adult, with free admission for children younger than 14.
For more information, contact Lake Havasu State Park at 928-855-2784, or Cattail Cove State Park at 928-855-1223.