Start out your new year surrounded in the beauty of nature on a guided hike. A Colorado state park tradition – First Day Hikes at Mueller State Park on Friday, Jan. 1..
Hike: Elk Meadow
9 a.m. Meet at Elk Meadow Trailhead
A 2-mile hike through the meadows and forest with great views of the snow-frosted Pikes Peak. Led by Volunteer Rose. Dress in layers and bring water.
Hike: Preacher’s Hollow Trail
9:30 a.m. Meet at Preacher’s Hollow Trailhead
Watch for winter wildlife and tracks on this 2-mile hike with Volunteer Penny. Be prepared for winter hiking and bring plenty of water.
Forest Bathing Walk
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Meet on the Visitor Center Patio
Step out of the noise and swirl and give yourself the gift of a healing morning in the wonders of nature. Join Nature and Forest Therapy Guide Jane on a relaxing Forest Bathing walk (Shinrin Yoku) in a secluded “peninsula” in our beautiful park. Connect closely with nature and others through a wellness practice that is gaining popularity worldwide, closing with a “no contact” tea ceremony using native plants.
We will wear masks until we are safely distanced on the trail.
Bring a sit pad or stool, water, snacks or lunch & dress for winter.
Ages 12 and up. Limited to six people, sign up at the Visitor Center.
Mueller events are free; however, an $9 daily pass or $80 annual pass is required to enter the park. For more information, call the park at 719-687-2366.
Mueller State Park is located 45 minutes from Colorado Springs along Colorado Highway 67, just 3½ miles south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 24 at Divide on the west side of Pikes Peak