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“Super Trails and Views!”
Review of Mueller State Park

Mueller State Park
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Divide
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Owner description: A scenic park.
Nashville, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
186 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Super Trails and Views!”
Reviewed May 13, 2008

I've hiked dozens and dozens of trails in parks in half the states in the US, and these trails are the best-marked of any I've ever encountered. One never guesses which trail is intersected, or which direction one's heading. There are trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels; there are wonderful views all around; and there are helpful people in the visitor center and at the entry gate. This is truly one of the best state parks in America.

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Denver, CO
Level 6 Contributor
160 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
“Iconic Colorado Camping”
Reviewed September 3, 2007

This place encompasses all that is expected in a Colorado camping experience. Forests, meadows, amazing views, lots of trails, abandon cabins, afternoon rains and dark skies full of stars. It is rumored that there is lots of wildlife, but honestly we didn't see much...and we were trying, but no doubt it's around.

We had walk-in tent site #109. Great site at the end of the trail, so not much traffic. The trail is kind of steep - BRING A DOLLY. It's a long hike to/from your car.

They have bear boxes at each site so you can store your food, utensils, water & stove. They are 2'x2'x4'. A modest cooler left room for a lot of stuff, but one of those oversized coolers would suck up a lot of real estate in the box. Pack accordingly. You can't leave anything out or in your tent that has a smell of any kind - including water, soap, cosmetics, etc.

Sites on the north side of the trail were wooded and offered varying degrees of shade & privacy. The sites on the south side offer amazing views of Pikes Peak, but little shade or privacy.

The interactive exhibit at the visitors center was actually kind of interesting. So many times they are dull, but this one had me. Ask the rangers to tell you about the folks that used to live in the area. They have some great stories and it makes finding their cabins (and stills!) more fun.

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oklahoma city, oklahoma
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Awesome!”
Reviewed August 1, 2007

My family stayed here in late July of 07 for three nights.

The views are amazing, the facilities are clean and well kept, and the trails are incredible.

If you love to hike, this place has dozens of trails to keep you busy! But make sure you are acclimated to the altitude before attempting to hike, this place is at 9,000 feet!

We were in space #88, which was fine, but next time I will try to get closer to the camper services building for easier access to showers and laundry. The showers are coin operated, wich is kind of a bummer, but I understand why they do it. So many people like to take their sweet time in the showers, making it a pay shower helps that problem.

The park is very strict about food being left outside, for good reason, it is in the middle of Black Bear Country!

Also, this place stays booked, so reserve early!

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Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Gorgeous Place!”
Reviewed August 18, 2006

Mueller is a wonderful place to camp with beautiful views of Pike's Peak. The campground is probably the quietest I have experienced in my 30 years of Colorado camping, and definitely one of the cleanest and well maintained.
It fills up quickly, especially on the weekends so be sure to make a reservation. We stayed on the top of the Grouse Mountain Loop, and it was close to trailheads. We loved site 119, and all of the ones along that side. Site 123 is really cool with it's own rocky outcropping! Peak View loop looked like nice camping too. I don't think you'll go wrong if you stay here. The bears make it difficult if you have a tent or soft-sided trailer - be prepared to stow EVERYTHING liquid in your vehicle each night, and every time you leave your site to hike. Not that you'll actually see a bear (we didn't), but they are very strict about leaving items out, even water containers and cosmetics. These restrictions are necessary to protect the bears, but you should be prepared for moving things around alot it you are not in an R.V.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Beautiful views”
Reviewed August 4, 2006

We loved this park so much we skipped RMNP and stayed here longer. Mueller is a very large park with the campground starting 5 minutes after you enter the park. The ride is beautiful. The altitude is quite high here (9600 feet). It was quite cool even during the day. Nights can be very chilly. There are bears in the park so there are strict guidelines for food and equipement. The staff is diligent in making sure the campground is very clean and not enticing to the bears. Deer are everywhere. Elk can be spotted if you look carefully. There are numerous hiking trails throughout the park. We used this as a base camp for visits to Manitou springs, Buena Vista, and Col. Springs. Bathrooms are very clean and showers are super hot. Just don't forget your quarters.

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