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Elko District Office
Release Date: 12/10/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2014-009

Moonlight Snowshoe hikes - Family friendly fun for free

View of the Elko Trail Center in the background.ELKO, Nev. - Now that winter is here and the snow is falling, it is time to bundle up, get outside and enjoy the many trails, slopes and activities available on your public lands.

The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group and Cedar Creek Clothing are teaming up to offer three free guided snowshoe hikes this winter. Each will be evening events held under the full moon sky. The first hike is set for Saturday Jan. 18 at the California Trail Interpretive Center. The event will start at 6 p.m. and last approximately two hours. Free rental of snowshoes and poles is available for the first 50 people who register or you can bring your own equipment. There will be three different hiking courses ranging from easy to moderate for the novice or the expert. After the hike, free snacks and hot chocolate will be served around a lit campfire.

Dress warmly, bring a headlamp or flashlight, and come prepared for fun. For more information and to sign-up for snow shoes, please call Duane Jones of Cedar Creek clothing at (775) 738-3950. You can also contact Zack Pratt of the BLM at (775) 753-0200, or Nancy Taylor of the Forest Service at (775) 752-1705.

In case of inclement weather, a recorded message will be available on the event day to get updates at (775) 778-6141.

Upcoming full moon hikes are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, March 15. More information on those hikes will be available as the dates draw near.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 04-20-2015