New Mexico State Parks offers the following hiking tips to stay safe and get the most out of your outdoor winter experience:
⋄ Hiking begins before you reach the trailhead – let people know who you’ll be hiking with, where you’ll be hiking and when you expect to return.
⋄ Study your maps before you begin the trip, and have a good idea of where you’re going.
⋄ Predetermine your location at certain points of the day using your map.
⋄ Check weather conditions and pack accordingly.
⋄ Dress in layers. Base layer should be a wicking fabric that pulls perspiration away from the skin.
⋄ Wear a hat.