Mueller State Park

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  • Day use picnic area and trailhead at Mueller State Park.- Mueller State Park
  • Day use picnic area and trailhead at Mueller State Park.- Mueller State Park
  • Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trail network at Mueller State Park.- Mueller State Park
  • View south from the Mueller State Park Visitor Center.- Mueller State Park
  • View south from the Mueller State Park Visitor Center.- Mueller State Park
  • View southwest of Mount Ouray (13,955 ft) at left and Pahlone Peak (12,667 ft) at right.- Mueller State Park
  • Mueller State Park Visitor Center.- Mueller State Park
  • Mueller State Park Visitor Center.- Mueller State Park
  • Mueller State Park Visitor Center.- Mueller State Park
  • Equestrian facilities at Mueller State Park Visitor Center.- Mueller State Park
  • Peak View Trailhead adjacent to Peak View Pond.- Mueller State Park
  • Cabins at the Mueller State Park Campground.- Mueller State Park
  • Cabins at the Mueller State Park Campground.- Mueller State Park
  • No Name Pond at Mueller State Park.- Mueller State Park
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
119-site campground. Premium large cabins. Extensive horseback riding and mountain biking trail network.
Cons: 
Trails have limited views (overgrown vegetation).
Region:
Southern Front Range, CO
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
State Park Fee ($10.00)
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Area: 
5,000.00 acres (2,023.44 hectares)
Dogs allowed: 
Yes

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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Encompassing 5,000 acres west of Pikes Peak, Mueller State Park is a Rocky Mountain destination for horseback riders, mountain bikers, and wildlife watchers. The park and the surrounding region served as hunting grounds for the Ute Indians until pioneers settled the area in the 1860s. Prospectors quickly followed, and the area once had a population of around 50,000. The park encompasses the former Mueller family cattle ranch.

The park offers a large network of horseback riding and mountain biking trails that wind through a dense forest of spruce, aspen, and fir. On-site at Mueller State Park is a large equestrian facility, and both horseback riders and mountain bikers will find a trail network that extends for 36 miles of mix-and-match routes that can easily be lengthened for longer rides. Hikers will find additional pedestrian-only trails to enjoy. Much of the park is relatively flat and forested, but occasional views, like those from the Mueller State Park Visitor Center, showcase the surrounding Rocky Mountains, including Pikes Peak, Mount Ouray, and Pahlone Peak to the southwest. During the winter, Mueller State Park’s trails become ideal for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. 

Mueller State Park also offers learning opportunities for those interested in Rocky Mountain ecology. The Wapiti Trail is a self-guided interpretive nature trail, and brochures at the trailhead detail the park’s flora and fauna. The Mueller State Park Visitor Center offers its own exhibits, including mounted animal displays and tree samples. During the summer season, the park’s amphitheater presents educational programs. Wildlife at the park includes elk, black bear, hawks, and mule deer.

The campground at Mueller State Park is one of the largest in the area, offering 119 campsites and three fully furnished cabins. The large sites are ideal for RVs, and all sites provide electrical hookups with the exception of walk-in sites.

Hunting is allowed in the park during the winter season—check with park authorities for dates. Dragonfly Pond is stocked once annually; Rock Pond, Brook Pond, and Geer Pond have small trout populations.

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