Get Ready for Your Next Adventure: Hiking Tips for Beginners

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The weather is warm, nature has bloomed, and now is the perfect time to head out on the hiking trail. But what if you’ve never hiked before? Never fear, we’re here to help you get started. Here are some hiking tips for beginners to keep in mind as you prepare for your first hike.

Start small. You don’t want to push yourself too hard the first time you head out on the trail. That’s why you should select a shorter hike for your first time, eventually building up to bigger ones.

Check the weather. It’s important that you dress appropriately for the weather, so make sure you continually check the weather before you head out. Pack according to the weather, too.

Pack the essentials. Whenever you head out on a trail, you should make sure that you pack ten essential systems to stay safe. This includes:

  • Navigation like a map and compass
  • Sun protection
  • Extra clothing
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • First-aid supplies
  • Fire starters
  • Repair kit and tools
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Emergency shelter

Wear the right shoes and socks. Hiking will do a number on your feet, so it’s important that you invest in good hiking shoes and socks. Choose only wool or synthetic socks and pack blister dressings just in case you end up with a bad one.

If you’re in need of a new Chevy to transport you to and from hiking destinations, stop by Mountain Chevrolet. We’ll help you find the right vehicle to match your lifestyle and preferences.

New Year, New Road Trip: Winter Destinations Outside of Colorado

At Mountain Chevy, we know our customers love to pack up the truck or SUV and head out for Rocky Mountain hiking, skiing, kayaking, and snowboarding adventures, among others, so we thought it would be fun to recommend some great winter destinations outside of Colorado for you to all try this year. Here are our favorites:winter destinations outside of Colorado

  • Arizona wildflowers: By the end of winter, Arizona’s wildflowers are already in full bloom. Some of the best places to take them in include Lost Dutchman State Park and Picacho Peak State Park.
  • Sandia Peak: Take the tram up the mountainside for picturesque views of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the wintertime.
  • Jackson Hole: Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is one of the best places to snowboard every winter. Be sure to check out Rendezvous Mountain for the largest lift-accessed vertical drop in the country at 4,139 feet.
  • Snowshoeing in Utah: Utah is one of the best states for snowshoeing, with several resorts throughout the state that have miles upon miles of terrain dedicated to snowshoeing. Resorts include Sundance Mountain, Cherry Peak, Alta Ski, Solitude Mountain, Park City, and Snowbasin.
  • Birdwatching in Nebraska: If you’re tired from the slopes and need a more tranquil escape, consider going winter birdwatching in Nebraska, as the state gets an abundance of bright eastern meadowlarks in the winter.

Happy winter adventures, and happy New Year!