Take an icy plunge… or hike in Eagle Nest Jan. 1

(Chronicle file photo)

For the first time in a few years, the annual Polar Bear Plunge is returning to Eagle Nest Lake New Year’s Day (Monday, Jan. 1, 2018).

The chilly event is followed by the annual First Day Hike, the Snowshoe Stomp.

“We are excited to host First Day Hikes as part of this national effort to get people outdoors and into our parks. First Day Hikes are a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off those extra holiday calories by starting off the New Year with an invigorating walk or hike in one of your beautiful state parks,” said Christy Tafoya, NM State Parks Director.

Registration for the plunge opens at 9 a.m. Participants must be 18 or older or have written permission from a parent/guardian. Shoes are required. The plunge challenge kicks off at 10 a.m. followed by a 1 hour Snowshoe Hike at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Parking costs $5.

Meet at the Eagle Nest Lake Visitor Center, 42 Marina Way in Eagle Nest. For more infor, call 575 377 1594 or 337-485-3722.