Crawford Gulch Road. The center is open
seven days a week; hours vary by
Looking for a more exciting experience?
Backcountry camping is also permitted at
Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Park
visitors can hike to their destination and
whatever they bring into the forest must
come back out with them. Four three-sided shelters with roofs and wood floors
are located in the park, and each can
sleep six people without a tent.
Additionally, twenty backcountry tent sites
are open year-round. Check the park’s
website for updates.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
92 Crawford Gulch Rd.
Golden, CO 80403
Access the park via Gap Road from
Highway 119, or up Golden Gate
Canyon Road off of Highway 93.
MUELLER STATE PARK
Muller State Park is a 5,000-acre oasis
for wildlife watchers and winter
enthusiasts nestled in the Pikes Peak
region of Colorado.
Mueller State Park is located west of
Colorado Springs in Divide, CO. Visitors
can enjoy year-round recreational
opportunities including camping,
picnicking, trail use, fishing and nature
studies. The Park has a colorful history
associated with Colorado’s Gold Rush.
The Ute Indians had hunted on these
grounds for centuries before pioneers
settled in the area in the mid-19th century.
Gold prospectors rushed through the park
grounds on their way to the small mining
towns of Cripple Creek and Victor.
Visitors will feel the history associated
with the park as the hike the trails and
take in the beautiful surroundings.
Mueller State Park is widely known as a
wonderful place to watch wildlife, and is
home to elk, black bears, hawks, and mule
deer. The park also supports a variety of
plant-life ranging from native grasses and
wildflowers to stands of spruce, fir, pine and
aspen. Along with the elk, mule deer and
bears, many small mammals and birds
share the park's habitat. Mueller State Park
has over 5,000 acres of spring-fed
meadows, forested ridges and massive
rocks of Pikes Peak Granite with several
ponds that dot the landscape.
The park’s more than 50 miles of trails
make Mueller ideal for horseback riding,
snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
There’s a trail for everyone, with a variety
of trail lengths and difficulties. Trails are
not cleared in winter, so plan
accordingly. Sledding, cross-country
skiing and snowshoeing opportunities
abound in winter thanks to the park’s
diverse terrain and open areas.
Hunters will enjoy the park, which is
located in Big Game Unit 581. 800
acres adjoining the Dome Rock State
Wildlife Area are open for hunting during
designated seasons established by the
Colorado Wildlife Commission.
Mueller is the perfect place to come in
winter. You’ll enjoy peace and quiet on the
trails during this less-crowded time of year.
Stay at one of 17 electrical campsites,
which are available on a first-come, first-
serve basis. Located in Revenuer’s Ridge
Campground, these sites have access to
modern bathrooms and vault toilets. A dry
dump station is also available to campers
For a bit more comfortable but still rustic
experience, consider staying in one of
three cabins located in the shadow of
Pikes Peak. These cabins with a view
offer a fully equipped kitchen and bath,
high vaulted ceilings, an indoor gas
fireplace, custom furnishings and an
outdoor deck with a gas barbeque grill.
The three cabins each accommodate
different numbers of guests: the two-bedroom Pine Cabin can accommodate
four guests, the three-bedroom Spruce
Cabin can sleep six, and the four-bedroom Ponderosa cabin can
accommodate eight visitors.
• Pets are not permitted in the cabins, on
the trails or in the backcountry because
the area is a designated Watchable
Wildlife area. Leashed pets are
welcome in campgrounds, picnic
areas and on paved roads, however.
• Make time in your trip for a stop by the
historic mining towns of Victor and
LEISURE AND RECREATION