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Stay safe in the winter elements

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.