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Get out and hike Sheridan on New Year's Day

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — This New Year’s Day, put down the snacks, turn off the telly and take a hike! Take a "First Day Hike," that is. For the first time, the Trail End State Historic Site in Sheridan will be participating in the First Day Hike program – a 20-year-old national initiative designed to encourage not only a healthy and active lifestyle, but an appreciation for the nation’s parks and historic sites. Starting at Trail End at 10 a.m., New Year’s Day (Friday), local participants will walk a path through the northwest corner of town that includes the Trail End grounds, the City of Sheridan’s buffalo and elk pasture, the Sheridan County fairgrounds, new and historic neighborhoods, several ponds, a couple of historic trails and more. *​h/t Trail End Facebook / Pitchengine Communities* Park staff and volunteers will lead the hike, which is about two miles long. Comprised of relatively gentle slopes, the trail should be fine for hikers of all ages, including those in strollers. Leashed pets are welcome. The hike will conclude at the Kendrick Mansion, where hot cocoa and snacks will be offered. There is no charge for the First Day Hike. As an added incentive, all participants will be entered into a pair of drawings: one for a Mountain Hardwear Micro Ratio Down Jacket, and another for one of eleven annual Day Use permits good for admission to all Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails throughout 2016 (does not include camping fees). The name of the jacket winner will be announced on Jan. 15, while the day use permit will be awarded at the conclusion of the hike. The weather on New Year’s Day should be sunny, with temperatures in the twenties. Participants are urged to wear appropriate clothing, including gloves, hats and comfortable boots. Hikers are also encouraged to bring their cameras; photos of the event will be posted on Trail End’s website ( www.trailend.org) and social media outlets. For more information, contact Trail End at 307-674-4589 or trailend@wyo.gov. *Feature photo Trail End Facebook / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #whatshappening #news