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First Day Hikes, get Outdoors on January 1st!
Iowa's First Day Hikes

Each year, Iowa state parks host guided hikes on January 1 to kick off the new year. Because of COVID-19, we are excited to offer a First Day Hike Challenge through the State Park Passport

Check into more than 50 participating state parks on the passport from Friday, Jan. 1 through the end of Sunday, Jan. 3. Every check-in will qualify for a prize drawing of a free 2-night stay at a 2-bedroom cabin at Lake Darling State Park! Restrictions will apply on cabin stay, with reservation fees and other business rules applying.

Visit as many parks as you want during the weekend -- every check in counts as a contest entry.

Be sure and look under your park's "More Info" tab on the Passport to see a Suggested Trail from park staff! Enjoy First Day Hikes 2021 in Iowa state parks.


-- Learn more about the Passport contest, including rules, and sign up today! --


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