September’s shorter days and cooler temperatures turn the forest golden at Mueller State Park and there are plenty of activities for campers, hikers, bikers and equestrians to take advantage of the changing season. A typical September day at Mueller means picture-perfect blue skies and trees that start to change into their fall colors. Aspens begin to make the hillsides glow with gold in the high country and Mueller is a perfect spot to dive into the beauty of autumn in Colorado. Evening naturalist programs in the amphitheater will continue on weekends and guided hikes are available almost daily. Special programs this month include hikes to hear bugling elk as the rut begins, a full-moon hike as well as fall challenge hikes.
The Fall Challenge is an invitation to hike all the trails at Mueller, with a guide or on your own, in one month. Folks who cover all 60 miles or so and meet the challenge receive a certificate and prize for their accomplishment. On Saturday, Sept. 30, the park will celebrate National Public Lands Day by hosting its annual “Mueller in Gold” fall festival, which offers visitors a day full of family fun activities. Discover why the trees change their colors on an Aspen Hike. Learn what’s happening with all the elk in their peak of health at this time. Join in the fun and try archery, panning for gold or fly fishing. Special activities are planned for kids to explore and play in nature.
For a full list of programs in September, visit http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Mueller