First Day Hike set for Jan. 1

December 28, 2018

LAUGHLIN — A ranger-guided hike will take place in Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area at 10 a.m. (Nevada time) on Jan. 1. Participants for the First Day Hike should meet at the park’s main entrance near the fee booth. If attending the hike, the park fee entrance is waived.

“The hike is a 1.25-mile loop that showcases some of the wildlife and restoration projects going on in the park,” said Big Bend park supervisor Craig Robinson. “The hike encourages people to get outdoors and enjoy nature.”

First Day Hike is part of a nationwide program where America’s state parks offer free guided hikes that take place on New Year’s Day. In 2012 there where 400 statewide outings that drew almost 14,000 people and its continued to grow.

Big Bend has been a part of First Day Hikes for six years. The hike is moderate in difficulty, and is designed for visitors to learn about the surrounding vegetation, wildlife and restoration efforts.

The park just finished stage one of park restoration, which focused mainly on removing tamarisk from the campground and replacing it with native plants like mesquite trees.

The Big Bend hike is a great way to start that New Year’s resolution, or to just get out of the house and take in some recreation.

Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area is at 4220 S. Needles Highway, Laughlin. For any other questions or to find future events, go to parks.nv.gov or call 702-298-1859.

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