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December 27, 2016 (Borrego Springs) – Anza Borrego Desert State Park invites the public to start the New Year off with a “First Day Hike.”  The park will offer two guided hikes on January 1st, one at 9 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m.

One hike will be led by state park interpreter Sally Theriault on the Bill Kenyon Overlook Trail. Meet at the Yaqui Pass Primitive Camp on Highway S3 south of Borrego Springs at 9 a.m.  This hike is an easy 2-mile hike to an overlook with an expansive view.  Pets are not allowed on the trail.  Please bring water, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes or boots, and sun protection.

The other hike will be led by park interpretive specialist Regina Reiter on the Panoramic Overlook Trail. Meet at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center, 200 Palm Canyon Dr. at 2 p.m.  This is a moderate 2-mile hike, including steep slopes, to an overlook with a commanding view of Borrego Valley.  Bring water, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes or boots, hiking pole (optional), and sun protection.  Pets are not allowed on the trail.            

California State Parks are joining the national First Day Hike’s program for the fifth year, inviting visitors to enjoy guided hikes on new Year’s Day. All 50 states participate and over 90,000 hikers took to the trails on January 1st, 2016.

For more information, visit: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

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