Visit Mueller State Park: A Guide to One of Colorado’s Great Mountain Escape

Nov 21, 2020 11:34 PM

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SHARE - Set outside Divide, west of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mueller State Park is a park encompassing 5,000 acres of spring-fed meadows, forested ridges and massive rocks of Pikes Peak Granite with several ponds that dot the landscape. 

The park is home to a rich variety of plant-life ranging from native grasses and wildflowers to stands of spruce, fir, pine and aspen, as well as wildlife including the elk, mule deer and black bears, many small mammals and birds.

Within this tranquil, charming piece of Colorado landscape, you can also experience year-round recreational opportunities including camping, picnicking, trail use, fishing and nature studies as well as winter activities like sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Learn more about key amenities and highlights of the park with our guide to visiting Mueller State Park. Tripboba has wrapped up everything you’d like to know about this wonderful sanctuary of Colorado so you won’t miss out the fun the park has to offer.

Mueller State Park Colorado

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Mueller State Park trails

You’re welcome to explore the park's natural and historical resources via 44 miles of trails. Enjoy the Mueller State Park hiking with the trails’ varying difficulty levels, from short, leisurely walks to challenging, full-day hikes. The average Mueller State Park elevation is 9,600 feet. And aside from hiking trails, there are 34 miles designated for horseback riding and 36 miles designated for bicyclists.

Here are some recommended trails you might want to try:

  • Raven Ridge, Red Tail and Lone Eagle Overlook via Outlook Ridge and Geer Pond Trail is a 6.9 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
  • Cheesman Ranch Trail is a 9.2 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
  • Grouse Mountain Overlook Trail is a 1.6 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.
  • Lost Pond Loop is a 4.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Fishing near Mueller State Park

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While fishing is allowed at the park, you’ll have to show your Colorado fishing license and there are limits for daily catch by campers. There is a pond specifically for fishing by kids or disabled people only. Other campers are allowed to fish in the designated ponds and streams.

Enjoy Mueller State Park fishing at the Dragonfly Pond which is stocked with Rainbow Trout and easily accessible for any visitor. The Brook and Rock ponds are stocked with the brook trout varieties, and the majority of the designated fishing streams contain the cut-throat trout variety of fish.

Mueller State Park camping

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Located in a picturesque forest of mixed spruce, fir, pine, and aspen trees adorned with panoramic views of the Continental Divide, Mueller State Park campground makes a perfect camping destination with its 134 campsites available for you. 

Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. There are 99 electric sites, many with tent pads, as well as 22 basic walk-in sites at the Prospector Ridge (sites 55-66) & Turkey Meadow (sites 100-109) Campgrounds.

For visitors who’re looking for ADA-accessible campsites, sites 12 and 22 are handicapped designated sites to choose from. Group RV camping opportunities are offered at the Pisgah Point East with its available 4 sites and Pisgah Point West with 7 sites. There are also 2 equestrian sites at the park.

If you’re not really a fan of camping yet still want to savor the staying experience at the park, there are three Mueller State Park cabins available to reserve. The cabins are nestled in the meadows and conifer forests of Mueller State Park and offer extraordinary views of Pikes Peak.

  • Pine Cabin features 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom which can accommodate up to 4 people.
  • Spruce Cabin features 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom which sleeps up to 6 people.
  • Mueller State Park Ponderosa Cabin features 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms which accommodates up to 8 people.


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