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9/26/2019
Golden aspen and bugling elk are major attractions at Mueller State Park in October


Golden aspen and bugling elk are major attractions at Mueller State Park in October
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Bill Vogrin
CPW SE Region PIO

719-227-5211
bill.vogrin@state.co.us


 
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Sept. 26, 2019

Events in October revolve around aspens and elk at Mueller State Park

By Linda Groat
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Program Coordinator

DIVIDE, Colo. – Elk and aspen are the two big attractions in October to Mueller State Park.

Leaf peepers come for the last glimpses of aspen turning gold. Wildlife watchers come to experience the elk “rut” when the males bugle and battle for dominance and the right to breed.

It makes for an interesting time to hike, camp or visit Mueller and we have a number of guided hikes and naturalist programs to help visitors enjoy this beautiful season.

Also, we continue our series of Fall Challenge Hikes. To participate, hike all the trails at Mueller in 4 weeks and 12 sessions – complete over 60 miles – and receive a prize to commemorate your achievement. These hikes are moderate to difficult. Please bring 2 liters of water, snacks, rain gear and layers. Get more details at the Visitor Center.

Here’s a full list of programs:

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Fall Challenge Hike: Homestead Trail
8 a.m. 
Meet at the Homestead Trailhead

Thursday, Oct. 3

Fall Challenge Hike: Black Bear
8 a.m. 
Meet at Black Bear Trailhead

Friday, Oct. 4

Hike: Kids Earth Sensory Hike
3-4 p.m. 
Meet at the Visitor Center
Listen to the rustling of the fall trees and smell the crisp air as Naturalist Rusty guides you through a 1-mile sensory hike.

Saturday, Oct. 5

Fall Challenge Hike: Grouse Mountain
8 a.m. 
Meet at Grouse Mountain Trailhead

Hike Cahill Loop
9 a.m. 
Meet at Grouse Mountain Trailhead
Join Naturalist Michelle on this moderate 2.5-mile hike, exploring the flora and fauna of Mueller and legend of the Cahills.

Hike: Black Bear Trail
1 p.m. Meet at Black Bear Trailhead
Come check out the black bear trail that winds through forest and meadows with Naturalist Kyle. Moderate, 4-mile hike.

Watercolors
1:30 p.m. 
Meet at Outlook Ridge Trailhead
Be inspired by the beautiful fall scenery and learn watercolor techniques from Naturalist Michelle. All supplies provided.

Hike: Elk Bugling
5 p.m. 
Meet at the Visitor Center
Every fall, bull elk seek out and compete for females. Visitors over the age of 10 can witness this amazing yearly event with Naturalist Kyle. This is a strenuous 3-mile hike, returning after dark. Bring flashlights, binoculars, rain gear, and wear layers.
Must sign up at the Visitor Center via walk-in or by calling 719-687-2366.

Sunday, Oct. 6

Hike: Lost Still
9 a.m.
Meet at Grouse Mountain Trailhead
Explore the remains of an old distillery where illegal moonshine was made in the early 1900s. Led by Naturalist Michelle. An easy 1.5-mile hike.

Touch Table: Elk and Aspen
1:30 p.m. 
Meet at the Visitor Center
Elk and aspen are as much a part of Mueller’s history as the old homesteads. Learn about why they are so important to each other and the park.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Fall Challenge Hike: Dragonfly Pond
8 a.m.
Meet at Dragonfly Trailhead
Final Ceremony. 

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Hike: Preacher’s Hollow
9 a.m. 
Meet at Preacher’s Hollow Trailhead
Join Naturalist Michelle to search for wildlife and explore one of the park’s lesser known valleys on this 2-mile hike.

Hike: Elk Meadow
1 p.m. Meet at Elk Meadow Trailhead
Join Naturalist Kyle and hike the Elk Meadow, filled with magnificent views and hopefully lots of elk. 2-mile hike.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Hike: School Pond
9 a.m.
Meet at School Pond Trailhead
The school pond trail has beautiful meadows, a small pond, and even a prayer tree from the Ute Indians. Join Naturalist Kyle on this 2-mile hike.

Nature Walk: Trees
1 p.m. 
Meet at the Visitor Center
Come take a walk on the trails around the visitor center where Naturalist Kyle will talk about the trees of Mueller.

Friday, Oct. 11

Hike: Grouse Mountain Overlook
1:30 p.m.
Meet at Grouse Mountain Trailhead
Come experience the near 360˚ view from Mueller’s highest point. Take in amazing vistas of Pikes Peak, the Sangre de Cristo range, and the Collegiate Peaks with Naturalist Michelle.

Hike: Kids Earth Sensory Hike
3-4 p.m. 
Meet at Visitor Center
Listen to the rustling of the fall trees and smell the crisp air as Naturalist Rusty guides you through a 1-mile sensory hike.

Hike: Elk Bugling
5 p.m. 
Meet at the Visitor Center
Every fall, bull elk seek out and compete for females. Visitors over the age of 10 can witness this amazing yearly event with Naturalist Kyle. This is a strenuous 3-mile hike, returning after dark. Bring flashlights, binoculars, rain gear, and wear layers.
Must sign up at the Visitor Center via walk-in or by calling 719-687-2366.

Saturday, Oct. 12

Fly Fishing
10 a.m. 
Meet at Dragonfly Pond
Learn tricks and techniques of fly fishing from fly fishing guide Naturalist Craig. All supplies provided. 8 yrs and up.

Saturday, Oct. 19

Hike: Rock Canyon
9 a.m. 
Meet at the Visitor Center parking
Hike our favorite trail to see the last of the fall colors. 5-mile hike and 700 feet elevation make it difficult but worth it. Brings lots of water and dress in layers.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Hike: Elk Meadow
9 a.m. 
Meet at Elk Meadow Trailhead
Join Naturalist Penny on a 2+ mile hike through meadows and forests with great views of Pikes Peak.

Mueller events are free; however, an $8 daily pass or $80 annual pass is required to enter the park. For more information, call the park at 719-687-2366.

Mueller State Park is located 45 minutes from Colorado Springs along Colorado Highway 67, just 3½ miles south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 24 at Divide on the west side of Pikes Peak.

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