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Mueller State Park, Divide

(4.6/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
Mueller State Park is a Colorado state park encompassing 5112acre of land outside Divide, Colorado, northwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The park offers many outdoor activities. There are 55mi of trails, biking, camping year-round, hunting, hiking, horseback riding. It is open in the winter and snowshoeing, sledding and snowtubing is allowed as well. Mueller is a diverse home to a variety of animals including elk, black bear, eagles, hawks and bighorn sheep.
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  • I have an annual pass and live nearby. I just love the wide open vistas of the Sangre De Cristo mountain range. I can visit for an hour or the whole day. Well-maintained hiking trails are uncrowded.  more »
  • We recently moved to Colorado Springs and were hoping for some great sledding, but due to the mild winter and nice weather, we haven't been able to sled much. Mueller State Park was recommended so we ...  more »
  • It was nice to see the snowy grounds, the place was not too far off the main road and everything looked maintained well. Lots of great views and scenery  more »
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  • Perfect place for a relaxed hike. The trails are clearly marked and very well maintained. Informational signs are also present along the trails. I was able to complete the trail in standard tennis shoes, hiking shoes not required. The fall colors were really something, a picturesque scene was around every turn. The roadside was packed with trailers and campers enjoying the mild fall weather. The day pass wasn't overly expensive at $7, but if you plan on visiting the state parks more frequently (once a month or so), consider the annual pass. Its good for 12 months from the date of purchase and works for all 42 state parks. Pays for itself in 10 visits.
  • Mueller Park has a deficit of good biking trails. It is a former ranch that was redeveloped as a state park by running a road up the ridge in the middle and placing rv camping spots up and down the tops of the ridges. The trails are almost entirely relabeled ranch roads which were designed to quickly get trucks and tractors around the property, inhibited by funky trail use options that prioritize horses of all things, then pedestrians, with bikes getting the dregs. This is a good example of rural values trumping the needs of the urban population which powers state taxes. How many residents of Colorado have bicycles compared to horses? Which are easier to take with you to the state park? One byproduct is that during the day you see many empty rv's whose owners drove down the road to Cripple Creek to gamble. Perhaps this is good politics and results in increased tax revenues for our fine state. I wonder. Nonetheless, it is an accessible and beautiful piece of high country within 45 minutes of Colorado Springs, at a largely doable elevation of 9000 feet. Further, in the winter it provides paved (and plowed) access to sledding slopes, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing that is generally hard to find--assuming there is snow at 9000 feet well east of the continental divide (where the snow usually falls first.) Further, the aspen stands in this area are somewhat famous, although most people just stick to the highways and photograph the hills from roadside. I suppose the main reason I'm fond of Mueller is because we took our kids there when they were (maybe) just out of diapers, and it provides accessible wilderness within an hour of our (urban) home.
  • One of the most beautiful State Parks right outside of Woodland Park. You can tent camp, bring your TV or rent a cabin. Reservations are a must! Gorge scenery. Has a visitors center and gift shop. Perfect in any season! Many hiking trails. Enjoy,!
  • Campsites are pretty private, the wildlife, the beautiful hiking trails and the Rangers are friendly and knowledgeable. We come here every year. Only downfall, it is popular so you have to call months ahead for weekend sites.
  • They need to get their act together on reservations!!! We booked and paid for an equestrian site with their online system. Upon arrival they wanted to charge us a second time for the horses, even after we showed the our receipt. Next the Rangers showed up and said we had to pay. So we went to the visitors center and showed the senior ranger our online debit charge. Finally they allowed us to camp, but stated they may need to follow up. Wow, what ever happened to customer service!!!