The Iowa DNR and Travel Iowa invite Iowans to participate in the 2021 First Day Hike Challenge to ring in the New Year through the digital State Park Passport. The challenge takes the place of traditional guided hikes due to COVID-19.
With the First Day Hike Challenge, park visitors can check into any of the 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 2-night stay at a 2-bedroom cabin at Lake Darling State Park near Brighton who is participating as is Geode, Lacey Keosauqua and Lake Wapello State Parks.
Visitors can go to as many parks as they wish during the weekend — every check-in counts as a contest entry. Last year, more than 4,300 people participated across Iowa.