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Bottomless Lakes among ‘First Day Hike’ locations

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Roswell’s Bottomless Lakes State Park is among the locations where people can kick off 2019 with a “First Day Hike” to start the new year.

On New Year’s Day, New Mexico State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes in eight state parks as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes. The Bottomless Lakes State Park hike will take place at 11 a.m.

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park in Carlsbad will also host a hike, at 9 a.m.

Polar Bear Plunges will also be held at three parks this year.

“We are excited to host First Day Hikes as part of this national effort to get people outdoors and into our parks,” said Christy Tafoya, New Mexico State Parks Director. “First Day Hikes are a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off those extra holiday calories by starting off the New Year with an invigorating walk or hike …”

In New Mexico, hikes will also be offered at the following locations and times: Cerrillos Hills State Park, Cerrillos, 1-3 p.m.; Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Elephant Butte, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Hyde Memorial State Park, Santa Fe, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, 10 a.m.-noon; Oasis State Park, Portales, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; Navajo Lake State Park, Navajo Dam, 10 a.m.; Ute Lake State Park, Logan, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; Sugarite Canyon State Park, Raton, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Sumner Lake State Park, Ft. Sumner, 10 a.m.-noon; and Eagle Nest Lake State Park, Eagle Nest, Polar Bear Stomp (Hike), 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Polar Bear Plunges will take place at Storrie Lake State Park, Las Vegas, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sugarite Canyon State Park, Raton, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.; and Navajo Lake State Park, 11 a.m. – noon.

Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, which average one to two miles or longer depending on the scheduled hike.

Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on the America’s State Parks website, stateparks.org, and more information can be found at nmparks.com.