First Day Hikes
Date Sunday January 1, 2017
Time10:00 AM  - 6:30 PM
Location Bannack State Park
Cooney State Park
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Lone Pine State Park
Makoshika State Park
Missouri Headwaters State Park
Placid Lake State Park
Spring Meadow Lake State Park
Travelers' Rest State Park
Wayfarers State Park
Contact Betsy Kirkeby
DescriptionMake a New Year's resolution to your health and happiness by kicking off 2017 with an invigorating First Day Hike at a state park near you. On January 1, all 50 states will be participating in the sixth annual national event that encourages everyone to celebrate the New Year with a guided outdoor exploration.

Montana State Park Event Locations (start times will vary by location)

Bannack State Park - Guided 1 mile hike through the Bannack Historic Town site and along Grasshopper Creek at 10am. Learn about the site's history and observe wildlife. No dogs, please.
Contact: 406-834-3413

Cooney State Park - Spot wildlife and learn about the park's history on this 5 mile, moderate hike. Departs from the Marshall Cove Day Use area at 10am. Snowshoes available weather permitting. Dogs on leash welcome.
Contact: 406-445-2326

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park - Guided 3 mile, moderate hike from 1pm to 3pm. Hike along the park's interpretive trail to see scenic park vistas and winter wildlife. No Dogs, please.
Contact: 406-866-2217

Flathead Lake State Park at Wayfarers - 2 mile moderate hike to scenic vistas of Flathead Lake at 10am. Dogs on leash welcome.
Contact: 406-837-3041

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park - Guided 3 mile, moderate hike at 10am. Volunteer guide, Laurie Koepplin will lead the group and interpret nature along the trail to the historic DanMor Gypsum Mine. No dogs, please.
Contact: 406-287-3541

Lone Pine State Park - Guided and self-guided hikes to enjoy the city lights and park views from 5pm to 6:30pm. Campfire and hot drinks at the picnic shelter following the hike.
Contact: 406-755-2706 ext. 2

Makoshika State Park - Moderate 1.5 mile hike along the Bluebird Trail at 11am led by Friends of Makoshika. This hike begins at the Visitor Center and rises along the badland features of the park. Lunch provided following the hike provided by Friends of Makoshika. No dogs, please.
Contact: 406-377-6256

Missouri Headwaters State Park - Ranger guided, 2-4 mile easy hike to Fort Rock. Leave from the Main Picnic Area at 11am. Hot chocolate, toasted bagels and warming fire follow the event. No Dogs, please.
Contact: 406-285-3610

Placid Lake State Park - Guided 1 mile easy hike on the ice at Placid Lake. Learn about the lake's history, winter recreation safety, and try snowshoeing. No dogs, please.
Contact: 406-677-6804 or 406-542-5500

Spring Meadow Lake State Park - Easy 1 mile interpretive hike around the lake at 10am. No dogs, please.
Contact: 406-495-3270

Travelers' Rest State Park - 1 mile easy hike along the growing trail system at the park at 11am. No Dogs, please.
Contact: 406-273-4253