3:13 pm - Thursday December 17, 6111

Mueller State Park’s Upcoming Interpretive Programs

The weather is cooling down, the leaves are changing and the elk are bugling. Come enjoy the magic of the changing seasons at Mueller State Park. We’re offering several guided hikes, amphitheater programs and children’s activities to get you in the mood for autumn. Why not try your hand at watercolor painting? Or, perhaps geocaching?

All this and more can be experienced this September at Mueller State Park. Also, keep an eye out for some exciting kids programs during the last weekend in September as it has been declared No Child Left Inside Weekend in partnership with Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument! When hiking, always bring water, sun and rain protection and dress in warm layers. All of our offered programs are free, but you must have a $7 daily pass or a $70 annual pass per vehicle to enter the park.

For weather updates or for more information, call Mueller State Park at 719-687-2366.

 

 

Buffalo Rock Hike

Date: 9/16/2012

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Grouse Mountain Trailhead

Volunteer naturalist Carole Larkey would like you to join her on one of her favorite trails. Prepare for a wonderful hike filled with the golden beauty of the changing aspens and some history too! This is a moderately rated four-mile hike. Bring sturdy shoes, rain and sun protection, layered clothing, water and snacks.

 

Mueller’s Senior Citizens Touch Table

Date: 9/16/2012

Time: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center

How old are the trees of Mueller State Park? Which type of tree makes good lumber or good homes for birds? Interpretive naturalist Russ Frisinger will help you identify the trees of Mueller as well as where to find them. Stop by anytime.

 

Cahill Cabin and Lost Still Hike

Date: 9/17/2012

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Grouse Mountain Trailhead

Get to know the dark side of Mueller’s history as you take a look at the pit where those notorious Cahill brothers made their moonshine. Volunteer naturalist Rose Banzhaf will lead the way on this two-and-a-half-mile hike and share stories of old. Bring sturdy shoes, layered clothing, rain and sun protection, water, and snacks.

 

Digital Outdoors Hike

Date: 9/17/2012

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Grouse Mountain Trailhead

Capture the beauty of the golden aspens forever! A nature photographer for over thirty years, interpretive naturalist Russ Frisinger creates images for both personal enjoyment and profit. With his help, you can capture nature in eye-popping compositions on this moderate two-mile hike. Bring sturdy shoes, rain and sun protection, layered clothing, water, snacks and a camera.

 

Sunset Hike

Date: 9/18/2012

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Grouse Mountain Trailhead

Watch the sun go down as you view some of the tallest peaks in Colorado with interpretive naturalist Norma Elliott. This moderate one-mile hike leads to the tallest point in the park and some amazing views. Bring sturdy shoes, rain and sun protection, layered clothing, water, snacks and a flashlight.

 

Peak View Hike

Date: 9/19/2012

Time: 9:15 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Elk Meadow Trailhead

Join volunteer naturalist Penny Edyvean on this moderately rated two-mile hike. You will see lovely meadows, wildflowers, and some of the largest aspen trees in the park. Bring sturdy shoes, layered clothing, rain and sun protection, water, and snacks.

 

Aspen Trail Hike

Date: 9/20/2012

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / School Pond Trailhead

This walking roller coaster of six steep, but short, hills promises to be a good aerobic onset of your day. Explore several ecosystems along the way as you follow the eastern boundary of Mueller State Park. Join interpretive naturalist Norma Elliott on this memorable three-and-a-half-mile trail. Bring sturdy shoes, rain and sun protection, layered clothing, water and snacks.

 

Elk and Deer Touch Table

Date: 9/21/2012

Time: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center

Touch and examine the hides and skulls of antlered animals that call Mueller State Park home. Interpretive naturalist Norma Elliott will be available to answer your questions. Stop by anytime.

 

Elk Bugling Hike

Date: 9/21/2012

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Grouse Mountain Trailhead

Every fall, bull elk seek out and compete for females. Visitors over the age of ten can witness this amazing yearly event by hiking in the north end of the park with volunteer naturalist Mike Storey. This hike is about three miles roundtrip. Space is very limited. Please sign up at the visitor center via walk in or by calling 719-687-2366. Bring sturdy shoes, rain and sun protection, layered clothing, water and snacks.

 

Rocks, Minerals and Fossils of the Pike’s Peak Area

Date: 9/21/2012

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Amphitheater

What is Pikes Peak granite made of? Is that mica or pyrite? Did dinosaurs roam this area? Learn all this and more when you join guest speaker Doctor Steve Veatch for an enlightening presentation about the amazing rocks, minerals, and fossils beneath our feet. Dress warmly.

 

Aspen Viewing Hike

Date: 9/22/2012

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Grouse Mountain Trailhead

Celebrate the first official day of autumn and strike gold at Mueller State Park! Enjoy the colorful splendor of the aspen trees as they ready themselves for the cold winter ahead. Volunteer naturalist Nancy Remmler will guide your hike as you search for the most beautiful displays on this moderate two-and-a-half mile long hike. Bring sturdy shoes, layered clothing, rain and sun protection, water, and snacks.

 

Scat and Tracks Touch Table

Date: 9/22/2012

Time: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center

Come and see what our animal friends leave behind. Learn how to identify their tracks and droppings. Interpretive naturalist Norma Elliott will show the different poops and paw prints for the animals of Mueller State Park. You can even make your own track identification card! Stop by anytime.

 

International Observe the Moon Night

Date: 9/22/2012

Time: 6-10 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center

On Sept. 22, all eyes will be on the moon. Come to Mueller State Park and celebrate this special international event! Bring a picnic supper, lawn chairs and blankets, flashlights and binoculars and join us for moon-related games, activities, informational programs and the opportunity to view the moon through a telescope! Well-behaved pets are welcome. Come by anytime. Dress warmly.

 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, two nationally recognized leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado’s wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. To learn more about Colorado’s state parks, please see:http://www.parks.state.co.us.  To learn more about Colorado’s wildlife programs, please see: http://wildlife.state.co.us

 

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