Sunday, February 19, 2012

Scouting out Mueller State Park, Colorado

One of the best sites, IMHO.

We checked out Mueller State Park yesterday looking for some potential summer campsites. For anyone visiting or camping in Colorado this year - this is a beautiful state park located 30 miles outside of Colorado Springs. Two thumbs up!

Even though covered in snow, I could tell this would be an excellent summer camping destination. It has everything a colorado campground should.  It is close to many outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing. It is heavily-wooded and many sites have exceptional mountain views.
There is also a large, modern Camper Services Building in the center of the campground that has shower and laundry facilities.
Camper Services Building

The park has 132 campsites, 3 furnished cabins, and 55 miles of trails for hiking and biking. About 15 of the sites are open year round, although no water is available except at the park's comfort station during the winter.

It is still the middle of February with several weeks of winter under our belts and several more to go. Even so I have already started making summer reservations, and I am counting the days until the snow melts and temperatures warm up. With a decent weekend forecast, I hope to hook up the Airstream and head out to places like Mueller State Park and try my hand at Winter Camping.

If you go:
The campsites are paved with electrical hookups and hydrants are close by. There is a centrally located "Camper Services Building" with modern restrooms, coin operated showers, and laundry. There is also a dump station near the park entrance.
Muller State Park Cabins

In my opinion, there are no bad sites/locations; this is an exceptional park that is forested with well-spaced and private sites. Here is a campground map. If available, I'd recommend the even-numbered sites on the SE side of the Conifer Ridge campground first. Many of these have some nice views overlooking the Rocky Mountains and probably will get a little less traffic since they are off the main drag through the center of the park. Really though, I didn't see any campsites that I would shy away from.

Camping Fees:
There is a $7 daily vehicle pass. RV sites with electric hookups are $22/night. Tent sites are $18/night. Cabins run from $140-$260/night. Winter fees are slightly less. Reservations can be made through ReserveAmerica.