Mueller State Park is located high up in the Rocky Mountains at 9,600 feet just north of Cripple Creek, CO. Mueller State Park is one of the nicest state parks in Colorado with electric, water, clean restrooms and beautiful views of the Pikes Peak range.
|Our Campsite at Mueller State Park|
|Our site was expansive with granite boulders framing our campsite|
|Visitors Center has extensive displays and an auditorium|
|Comfort Station with coin laundry and pay showers|
|Views from the Wipita Nature Trail near the Visitors Center at Mueller State Park|
The Lost Still Trail, a 1.6 mile trail, was a pleasant hike with views of the Lost Cabin, a abandoned structure that was used by ranchers many years ago.
|The Lost Cabin|
|View of the Pikes Peak mountain range from Lost Cabin|
The Peak View Trail was a 2.1 mile trail that looped around through mountain meadows and groves of Ponderosa Pine. We ended up at Lost Pond not far from where we parked our car at the start of our hike.
|View of the Pikes Peak from the Peak View Trail|
|Mountain Meadows common on the Peak View Trail|
|This wild flower was interesting glistening in the summer sun|
|Beautiful Mountain wild flowers were all around us in the meadows|
|Horse back rider we meet on the trail who enjoys riding in these beautiful mountians|
|Highest point in Mueller State Park|
|View of Pikes Peak from the Grouse Mountain Overlook|
|Close up with my zoom lens of the visitors center at the summit of Pikes Peak|
|You could see for miles from the summit of Grouse Mountain|
|The Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge RR|
|One of the trains returning from the run through the mountain ridges|
|The gambling town of Cripple Creek as seen from the rails|
|Old abandoned mine|
|Large active strip mine near Victor, CO as seen from the rails.|
During our visit at Cripple Creek we stopped at the Heritage Museum located on the outskirts of the town overlooking some of old abandoned gold mines and one active oned, the Mollie Kathleen gold mine. Visitors can tour the Mollie Kathleen gold mine which is a treat that I was not able to do as we were limited for time during our visit.
|The Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine|
|Hill side view of the Mollie Kathleen gold mine|
We will come back to Mueller State Park in our future visits to this area. It is always nice to spend time here to cool off before returning to the hot and humid FL. The highs during our visit were in the mid 70's with lows in the 50's making for great sleeping weather and lovely hiking conditions.
|Double Rainbow the last night at Mueller State Park|