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Start your New Year off right with a First Day Hike at Lewis and Clark Caverns

Those looking to start 2021 off on the right foot will be able to do so with a First Day Hike planned for January 1 at Lewis and Clark Caverns near Three Forks.

On Jan. 1, Montana State Parks is hosting hikes across the state. The event is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The hike is open to all ages and is family-friendly.


Join Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park staff to experience "The Off-Switch": A moderate guided hike to observe our most quiet season. When it seems, all life has been turned off in the park, a few animals not only persevere but thrive during the harsh winter months. This hike is available to a maximum of 10 participants. Attendees must call ahead to register. The details of the hike may change due to inclement weather. Please call 406-287-3541 to register or for more information.

Hikers should wear weather-appropriate clothing, bring a water bottle and ice cleats or snowshoes if the trail conditions are snowy or icy. First Day Hike participants are encouraged to share their adventures on social media with #FirstDayHikes. Visitors to these events must keep in mind social distancing directives – stay 6 feet apart from all non-family members, and if that isn't feasible or possible, please wear a mask or face covering. Additionally, if you're feeling ill, please do not attend this event. For more information on COVID-19 in Montana, please visit

"First Day Hikes" is an annual, nationwide special event co-sponsored by America's State Parks, which originated more than 25 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation – a state park in Milton, Mass. Last year, more than 33,000 people participated in guided hikes that covered more than 70,500 miles on 1,100 hikes across the country. All 50 states will be participating in the ninth annual national event that encourages everyone to celebrate the New Year with guided outdoor exploration.