Mueller State Park
Mueller State Park (elevation 9,600’) is owned by the State of Colorado and managed by Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW). The ~5,000-acre Park is located approximately 4-miles south of Divide, Colorado, and about 27-miles from the RMFI office in Colorado Springs. This beautiful state park, situated in the shadow of Pikes Peak, is typified by spring-fed meadows, forested ridges, and massive rocks of Pikes Peak Granite. There are several ponds scattered around the Park, a remnant of old homesteads that were established during the gold rush of the 1860s. The park supports a variety of plant-life ranging from native grasses and wildflowers to stands of spruce, fir, pine, and aspen. Along with the elk, mule deer, and bears, many small mammals and birds share the park's habitat.
In 2019, RMFI assisted CPW with stewardship objectives at Mueller State Park. There are approximately 55-miles of trail at Mueller State Park, ranging from short leisurely strolls to challenging full-day hikes. The majority of the trails are in very good condition, however some trails have been converted from old ranching roads or user-created trails and therefore lack necessary grade-control structures or follow an unsustainable alignment. RMFI worked to make improvements to the multi-use trail system in 2019.
In 2021, RMFI will work with CPW to complete timber stand improvement projects at Mueller State Park directed at protecting the Park's aspen groves, its most treasured asset.
We recognize the following nations, whose traditional territories we worked on in Mueller State Park:
- Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute)
RMFI will spend several days at Mueller State Park in 2021 completing timber stand improvement projects to enhance aspen populations.
PROJECT PARTNERS & FUNDERS
- Colorado Parks & Wildlife; Mueller State Park
- Friends of Mueller State Park
If you are interested in donating your time to this project or other similar projects, please check our calendar for workday opportunities or contact Calla Balliett, our Volunteer & Partnership Coordinator with any questions: 719-471-7736 ext. 4# or [email protected]