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Mueller State Park picture in Colorado Springs
Mueller State Park picture in Colorado Springs
Mueller State Park picture in Colorado Springs
Mueller State Park picture in Colorado Springs

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  • $7 per vehicle
  • 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

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  • Hiking, Parks and Gardens Type
  • More than Full Day Time to Spend
4.2
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  • Value
    4.5
  • Facilities
    4.0
  • Atmosphere
    4.5

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When you don't feel like driving nearly three hours to Rocky Mountain National Park, Mueller State Park offers a convenient alternative. Located about 30 miles west of Colorado Springs, its roughly 5,000 acres host jagged mountain peaks, verdant aspen forests and 55 miles of trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and more. Recent visitors said the trails are well-maintained but many of them are relatively short; however, they can be extended by looping on other trails, making this an ideal outing for leisure walkers and adventure-seekers alike. Many visitors said this makes for an ideal family outing.

Along with your hiking shoes, make sure to bring your binoculars. This park is home to plenty of wildlife, including elk, eagles and bears. Some words of caution: Never hike alone and make plenty of noise while on the trails to avoid sneaking up on unsuspecting animals.

Mueller State Park is located just south of Divide, Colorado, along Route 67. Drivers can expect to pay a $7 daily vehicle fee. If you're only planning to stay for the day, you can enjoy access to the park and its facilities between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day; you are also welcome to camp in the park, though previous visitors highly recommend reserving a camping or RV spot a month or two in advance as space fills up quickly. You can find more information on Mueller activities and camping on the state park's website.

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