Mueller State Park

16 06 2013
Mueller State Park Site #2

Mueller State Park Site #2

Last weekend found us at camping at Mueller State Park.  One of the most popular of all Colorado State Parks, we’ve had our reservations for Mueller since last December.  Mueller is just south of Divide, CO and about 20 minutes outside of Woodland Park. The park boasts over 5000 acres, nearly 50 miles of hiking/biking trails, 132 camp sites (110 with electric service) a beautiful visitors center, camper service center with hot showers and a laundromat and an amphitheater with nightly programs.  Threaded water hydrants are located throughout the campground and there’s an RV dump station.

Campsites are organized along a high ridge with 3 main loops.  We’re in sites #2 & #3 along the first small loop called Peak View.  There are about 20 sites along Conifer Ridge, the next loop, followed by Grouse Mountain with about 40 sites.  Remaining sites are spaced along the main road and in two walk-in tent camping areas. Most of the RV sites are fairly private and can accommodate moderate to large rigs with large and small tent pads.  All sites have a picnic table and a fire ring.  On the Peak View loop there is a water hydrant next to site #1 and one in the middle of the turnaround at the end of the loop.  There is also a vault toilet at the end of the loop next to the trail-head leading to a small pond. Mueller_Campground_Map

We took our mountain bikes down the Peak View trail which intersects with the Elk Meadow trail.  Peak View trail is nearly all downhill, Elk Meadow is all uphill.  With the campground on a high ridge, most trails have aggressive elevation changes.  We probably won’t be biking Mueller’s trails again after walking our bikes back up the hills – much better to bike the main roadway or hike the trails! While our sites worked well, there are many sites that would be just as nice.  Sites on the south side of Conifer Ridge, #34, #36, and #41 offer amazing views.  With shared driveways, sites #44, #45 & #46 & at the end of Conifer Ridge are very private.

The Peak View campgrounds are some of the lowest in the park and didn’t offer any TV signals.  Cellular coverage was spotty at best, our T-Mobile service only worked from higher up on the main road, but we did manage a very week, but connected Verizion Broadband signal in the camper.  Coverage for both cellular and TV may be a bit better in the higher Conifer Ridge or Grouse Mountain sites.  We’ll be back in September, in sites #37 and #39 to check out that theory.

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16 01 2015
Missy Naumann

Thanks for all of the details you leave about the campgrounds. I like to know the inside scoop on which sites are the best. I’m about to reserve 6 months in advance for the this campground. The pictures of the sites are great, too! Thanks.

16 01 2015
smallhomebigyard

Hi Missy,
Thanks for your comments. I just realized I hadn’t posted pictures from our 2nd visit to Mueller. Not much commentary, but I did post a few pictures. https://smallhomebigyard.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/mueller-state-park-2/
We thought site #123 would be a great site to try out with great privacy and amazing views. Have fun!

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