Mueller is a 5,112-acre state park in Colorado not too far from Colorado Springs. The highlight of the park is an impressive view of Pikes Peak, the easternmost 14,000+ foot mountain in the United States.
There was a great view of Pikes Peak from just about everywhere in the park, including our campground. Here you can see Theresa walking the dogs with Pike’s Peak in the background.
After three months in the desert, it was refreshing to return to trees and grass, even if the grass was still brown from winter.
And standing water. It had been a while since we’d seen a natural pond.
We were talking to a park ranger about why the water hadn’t been turned on yet in the campground. She said that’s because there’s usually about 4 feet of snow still on the ground this time of year. But this year has been very dry and lacking in snow throughout much of the country.
But this bench was still swallowed in snow.
Every park is different and his its own rules, but this park was a little strange.
There are 55 miles of trails in Mueller State Park. This trail hiked along many beautiful mountain ponds.
We also had a great view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (Spanish for “The Blood of Christ”) to the southwest. These are the southernmost subrange of the Rocky Mountains.
Click the image for a larger view of this Pikes Peak panorama.