GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- What better way to start off the New Year than getting some fresh air and burning off those extra holiday pounds?
Monday, thousands of people across the country hiked more than 133,000 miles in total, as part of America's State Parks First Day Hike.
26 parks around Colorado offered free entry, providing organized guided tours by our parks and wildlife rangers.
James M. Robb's Connected Lakes hike began at 10 a.m., with hot chocolate, bird watching, and a walk around the lakes and river.
"The concept generally is just getting people reacquainted or acquainted with their state park system," said Colorado Parks and Wildlife ranger Zach Schwasman.
"I think it kind of sets the tone for the year commitment to being outdoors and being active and healthy and just appreciating the beautiful community around us," said hiker Meghan Foster.
A daily pass for most parks is $7 per vehicle and annual passes are $70.
Their next event will be in April offering Colorado residents a free fishing day.