Mueller State Park was supposed to be very pretty, and very forest-y, my favorite kind. So, we headed out of Buena Vista on Hwy. 24 towards Colorado Springs. This was on Saturday morning, 8/18. We made a couple of stops: grocery store, Wilkerson Pass, etc.
We got to Mueller about 12:30 or so. The campground was FULL! Darn! I should have tried harder to get there early, given that it was Saturday. I knew there were some National Forest Service campgrounds in the area, so we went back to the town of Divide to fire up the Mi-Fi and Ipad to check AllStays for options. North of Woodland Park (a very nice city, by the way) is South Meadows Campground, so we headed there. The site was $20, with no hookups, but worth it. Check out the site. The camphost said it was the best site in the campground.
The next morning we headed back to Mueller. Lots of campers head back home on Sunday mornings, so we were confident we would be able to get a site. The ranger working the check-in booth was the same lady who gave us the full campground news the day before, and this time she was happy to give us a site that she thought was a great location. It was.
Mueller sits next to Pikes Peak, and most of the park has great views (backside views). Mueller has lots of trails, but dogs aren’t allowed. But, our site was special. There is a secret trail behind the site. There was a solo woman camper next to us from Denver, who visited Mueller often. She said our site was the best in the campground, because of the secret trail. Somehow we kept getting the best sites! I’m not complaining.
Mueller was a very nice park. I would have stayed longer, but we had reservations at Cherry Creek State Park in Denver for the 20th and 21st, before Bev’s flight out on the 22nd. So we headed towards Colorado Springs to pick up I-25 and on to Denver.