SALT LAKE CITY — Utah State Parks is kicking off 2018 with another installment of its annual First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day.
The hikes will be held at four state parks — Antelope Island, Dead Horse, Great Salt Lake and the Territorial Statehouse museum. Park entrance fees apply.
• A full-moon hike along the Silver Sands Beach Trail at Great Salt Lake State Park will begin at sunset. Participants will meet at the observation deck at the end of the visitor center parking lot at 5 p.m.
During the walk, which is approximately a half-mile along relatively flat terrain, participants will hear strange stories of the lake from times past, some true and other tall tales. Dogs are welcome on a leash.
• The Antelope Island State Park hike will begin at 2 p.m. at the Lakeside Trailhead in White Rock Bay. This is an easy-to-moderate, 2.5-mile hike. Participants will find stunning views of the Great Salt Lake and wildlife, including bison, pronghorn deer and raptors.
Dogs are welcome on a leash. There are no bathroom facilitates at the trailhead so be sure to stop at the visitor center first. For more information, email [email protected]
• The hike along the Bighorn Overlook Trail at Dead Horse Point State Park will begin at 9 a.m. at the visitor center. Dogs are also welcome on a leash. Depending on conditions and participant desire, expect a hike lasting anywhere from one to two hours traveling a couple miles over easy terrain. Snow and ice may make this a moderately difficult hike. For more information, email [email protected]Comment on this story
• The hike at Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum begins at 1 p.m. and will take participants to historic sites around Fillmore, the first capital of Utah, including a guided tour of the Territorial Statehouse museum. Along the way, guides and guests will discuss why it took almost 50 years for Utah to become a state.
Everyone is invited to return to the statehouse in their finest apparel the following Saturday evening to celebrate the 122nd anniversary of Utah’s statehood with a pioneer dance. For more information, email [email protected]