|Night time at the camp site|
Mueller State Park continues to be a favorite destination because of the natural beauty and the many camping amenities that the park offers. It sits in the shadow of Pike's Peak to the east and has miles and miles of hiking trails across open vistas and through thick mixes of aspen and evergreen forest. On a typical winter day, you can snow shoe, cross country ski and even sled. This year, however, the snow fall has been dishearteningly low, but it just means it is easier to get around on the trails with a good pair of hiking boots and yak tracks. Beautiful scenery abounds.
|Campsites have spectacular views of the west side of Pike's Peak|
|Beauty abounds even in the simplest forms|
|Wide open vistas|
|Life is cozy inside the Airstream Bambi|
|Sunset light rests briefly on the branches|
|Vivid blue Colorado Skies|
|Trails wind through aspen/evergreen forest|
In spite of the shorter days and colder nights, Winter camping has several advantages:
- Camp sites don't need to be reserved in advance; you can just show up and be guaranteed a great spot.
- The peace and serenity of having the whole park practically to yourself. There were only 3 other campers in the park the entire holiday weekend, and during one of my morning hikes, I passed 0 other hikers on the trail.
- No bugs.
|One camping neighbor had a vintage Airstream Globetrotter|
On the other hand, the biggest drawback for winter camping, in my opinion, is the middle-of-the-night restroom situation. Not wanting to re-winterize the Bambi after we got home meant, of course, that the camper toilet and shower were out of commission for the weekend. So, when nature called in the middle of the night, it meant bundling up for an icy trip outside. Note to self: Don't drink so much coffee before bed next time!
If You Go:
|Modern Shower Facility (closed in Winter)|
In the winter, water is available at a nearby "comfort station" - a heated facility with flush toilets and warm/hot water. There are no shower facilities in the winter. There is a dump station near the park entrance. RV sites with electric hookups are $20/night during the winter plus a $7 daily vehicle pass. You can purchase an annual state park pass for $70.
Supplies/groceries and restaurants are only 5 miles away in the small town of Divide, CO. More restaurants, shopping and activities can be found at Woodland Park (11 mi) and Cripple Creek (15 mi).