The meadows of Mueller State Park soon will be welcoming newborn wildlife and wildflowers and the campground and trails will be welcoming visitors. Park staff is ready for them all with a calendar of events in May that includes nature talks, scenic hikes, special events and more.
Hiking is the most popular activity at Mueller. Rated easy to difficult, the park’s 44 miles of trails take you to beautiful views, scenic ponds and historical cabins.
Taking a hike with a naturalist can enrich your experience by learning about the wildflowers, wildlife and homesteaders that settled the land. Guided bird walks point out and identify some of the over 100 species that can be found in the park. Visitors can learn archery or fly fishing, offered in the summer months.
Bring your mountain bikes and horses, as they are allowed on many of the trails.
Children’s programs are popular once schools let out. Don’t forget that kids can earn a certificate and badge by completing the Junior Ranger or Adventure Cubs activity booklet.
A highlight of the summer are the history programs offered every Thursday evening at the amphitheater. Volunteer naturalist Paul Thies has researched and created programs on the history of the Pikes Peak region including Native Americans, the gold rush, fur trade, railroads, ghost towns and the final in the series “How Colorado Became a State and the Women Who Helped Make It Happen.” Paul ties together names, places and events that happened all over Colorado that helped shape this area.
For those of you who look forward to our annual Outdoor Skills Day, we have an important announcement. We’ve moved this year’s event to June 23 to avoid the weather problem we experienced last May that forced us to cancel.
Snow is highly unlikely on June 23, so Outdoors Skills Day should be a blast. Save the date for this free, fun, family day. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day learning to fly fish, shoot a bow and arrow, target shoot with .22-caliber rifles and shotguns, climb through a cave, geocache, animal tracking, Bear Aware and much more.
Thanks to our partners, many local businesses and agencies willing to share their expertise for free, we have 30 different opportunities for fun and learning.
For a full list of programs in May, visit: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Mueller