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​​​​2017 Grand Mesa Moose Day 

July 29th, 10 AM to 3 PM, Grand Mesa Visitor Center

Visitors look at booths.

Two bull moose were seen after last year’s Grand Mesa Moose Day grazing in a meadow near a campground above the Mesa Lakes area. So yes, you can see moose on Moose Day! Attend this annual viewing festival and learn about moose habitat, biology, and where you have the best chance to see moose on the Mesa.

There are activities for all members of the family - while the kids are doing moose crafts, listen to a presentation from our local staff and learn more about moose in Colorado. If a hike is more of your activity style, learn how our staff track wildlife utilizing telemetry by accompanying a wildlife officer on a hike with a hidden moose collar.

Location & What to Bring

​This event is held at the US Forest Service Visitor Center located on the top of the Grand Mesa at 20090 Baron Lake Drive, Grand Mesa, CO 81413. Plan to take a picnic with you and make a day of learning about moose and wetting your line in a local fishing hole!​​

Mountain Biking, Road Biking, and Family Biking suggestions.​​​Buy A parks pass..​​​More outdoor recreation opportunities.


Pond Safari
Tuesday, June 27

Grab the kids or bring out your inner child with Naturalist Linda for a program teeming with critters who call our ponds home.

Hike: Rock Canyon
Friday, June 30

Join Naturalist Cindi on this trip through many montane micro-environments. This is a moderate 5 mile hike. A favorite at Mueller.

Friday, June 30

"Just At Twilight Time" Explore the Barr Lake 9-mile trail at dusk by bike.

Hike: School Pond/Stoner Mill
Saturday, July 1

Come join Naturalist Nancy on this beautiful hike, as you encounter a Ute Indian Prayer Tree on School Pond trail and a Medicine Tree on Stoner Mill. We will be on the lookout for many wildflowers dotting the landscape at this time. This is a 3.5 mile hike, moderate level of difficulty. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and sunscreen, have bug repellant handy, and bring plenty of water.

Hike: Digital Outdoors
Saturday, July 1

A nature photographer for over thirty years, Naturalist Russ can help you capture nature in eye-popping compositions on this 2.25 mile trail

Hike: Preacher's Hollow
Saturday, July 1

Celebrate Summer with "nature's fireworks" as you view the local wildflowers on this gentle 2 mile loop trail with Naturalist Russ.

Amphitheater: The Birds We Love
Saturday, July 1

Diana Miller from the Pueblo Raptor Center will bring live birds of prey to see but not touch! Learn about the behavior and biology of hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons. Please leave pets in the camper. Dress warmly.

Hike: Cahill Loop
Sunday, July 2

This moderate 2.5 mile hike will give you many opportunities to view the flora and fauna of Mueller State Park. Join Naturalists Jeremy and Sylvia.

​ Wildlife Viewing Guides​

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Bighorn Sheep
& Mountain Goats


​​Deer & Elk


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Grouse, Prairie​-Chickens
& Ptarmigan

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