First Day Hikes kick off the new year in Custer State Park

RAPID CITY, S.D. – First Day Hikes is a national event that has been around for years. The goal is to get people out to state parks and ring in the new year by spending time outdoors.

Custer State Park has been participating for the last few years.

“The First Day Hikes is a national day where people go out to the parks and go hiking. Kind of a great way to kick off the new year with something active and also giving back to your parks and seeing what they have to offer,” said Olivia Parks, the Naturalist of Custer State Park.

This year they had three different hikes that people could chose from: the Grace Coolidge, Creekside and Little Devil’s Tower Trails.

Typically, each First Day Hike at Custer State Park sees about 20 people.

For some people, it’s a great way to kick off their New Year’s resolutions.

“It’s just a fun way to get outdoors and get your first annual pass from your local state park or just travel and visit a new park every year,” said Parks.

For the last couple of years, Custer State Park has worked with the Master Naturalist program. The program is a group of volunteers the partners with South Dakota State universities to teach people about nature. You can learn more about this program, here.


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