Mueller State Park, the green marker on the map, encompasses everything that Colorado has to offer to visitors and residents alike. The wildflowers in the summer, a wonderland draped in white during the winter.
In the park, you have spectacular views of Pikes Peak and the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Mueller was formed for the protection of natural resources.
As you travel higher in elevation, forest and grassland intertwine. Aspens and conifer mingle with gooseberry, current and raspberry groves.
The abundance of wildflowers during the summer consist of the state flower, blue columbine, as well as bluebells, yarrow and the dangerous if ingested, loco weed.
Grasses here are indicative of prairie grasses such as needle grass, wheat grass and fescue. As you walk along the trails, you will come upon mountain ponds, some large enough to contain beaver dams.
Colorado wildlife call this park home. You can see elk, big horn sheep, which is the Colorado state animal, as well as rabbits, different varieties of squirrels and tiny chipmunks.
Eagles, falcons and hawks can be seen floating above the evergreens. Owls can be heard during the night, lulling campers to sleep.
A State Parks Pass is required to enter Mueller. The visitor's center can help you with obtaining passes and maps to hike and camp in the area.
Toilets and water are available. There are 50 miles of hiking trails. Pets are not allowed on the trails, but are allowed in the developed areas. They must be on a leash.
Mueller was established in 1980 and consists of about 5,100 acres. Elevation ranges from 8900-9800 feet.
As with Eleven Mile Park, to get to Mueller, take Hwy. 24 west out of Colorado Springs for 20 miles to the town of Divide and turn left on CO 67. The entrance to the park is 4 miles down 67 on the right side of the road.
This is another park in our area and we visit it frequently. It is a very calming walk along the hiking trails and the views are incredible.