DNR cites cold, cancels statewide hikes

The First Day Hikes scheduled to take place at 27 State Parks, including the one at Dolliver Memorial State Park near Otho, have been canceled.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources made the decision due to the well-below-zero temperatures predicted for Monday morning.

State Parks Bureau Chief Todd Coffelt said that while they are disappointed, the decision is about safety.

“We know that frostbite can set in fairly quickly at those cold temperatures,” he said. “We are using caution in making the decision.”

The First Day Hikes are part of a national initiative to encourage people to spend time outdoors.

The Iowa DNR said that last year more than 1,200 people participated in the hikes throughout the state.

Local residents are still encouraged to visit their parks in the winter to enjoy the winter scenery.