Mueller State Park Programs & Events for January, 2014

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DIVIDE, Colo. – The New Year is here! Celebrate 2014 with Colorado Parks and Wildlife by enjoying the crisp mountain air, spectacular views and blue skies at Mueller State Park. The park has a variety of events planned for January that will exercise both mind and body.

Mueller State Park Programs & Events

Mueller State Park Programs & Events

When enjoying the outdoors always have a map and be prepared with water and sun protection. Dress in layers and be sure to have proper footwear.

All programs are free but a park pass is required for vehicles to enter the park. A $7 daily park pass or a $70 annual pass is available.

For weather updates or for more information call Mueller State Park at 719-687-2366.

Mueller State Park is located four miles south of Divide on Highway 67.

Hike: Elk Meadow/Peak View
Date: Saturday, Jan. 4:
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Elk Meadow Trailhead
Details: Savor the immense variety of trees and wildlife as you hike Elk Meadow/Peak View Trail with volunteer naturalist Nancy. The trail is a three-mile loop rated moderate. Wear layers and hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack and sunscreen.

Hike: Preacher’s Hollow
Date: Saturday, Jan. 18
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Preacher’s Hollow Trailhead
Details: Join volunteer naturalist Nancy for a hike on this gentle two-mile loop. This trail is sure to bring a smile to your face with its beautiful meadow views and is great for beginners! Wear layers and hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack and sunscreen.

Hike: Stoner Mill
Date: Saturday, Jan. 25
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Preacher’s Hollow Trailhead
Details: Volunteer naturalist Nancy will guide you through this hike as you look for wildlife and observe the changing landscape. The hike is 2.5 miles and rated moderate. Wear layers and hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack and sunscreen.

Program: Snowshoe Series
Date: Sunday, Jan. 26
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Outlook Ridge Trailhead
Details: Did Santa bring you a new pair of snowshoes? If so, join Mueller volunteer naturalists Joe and Felicia Mendygral on a Snowshoe Series. Attend this introductory session at Mueller State Park for a short 1.5 mile snowshoe hike out to Raven Ridge. Learn about safety, what to wear, what to pack and how to create a repair kit. You will also learn about trail courtesy, walking and maneuvering on your snowshoes and how to get up from a fall. For those who don’t have their own snowshoes yet, find out where to rent equipment and what type of snowshoes are available. The series continues Sunday, Feb. 9, at Elk Meadow Trailhead for a three-mile snowshoe and Sunday, Feb. 23, at Homestead Trailhead for a five-mile snowshoe.

Snowshoe Hike: Preacher’s Hollow
Date:  Sunday, Jan. 26
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Preacher’s Hollow Trailhead
Details: Join volunteer naturalists Rose and Kimberly for a snowshoe hike on this gentle two-mile loop. This trail is sure to bring a smile to your face with its beautiful meadow views. Bring snowshoes, rain and sun protection, water and snacks. Dress in layers.

Program: Metamorphism Talk
Date: Sunday, Jan. 26
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Location: Visitor Center Auditorium
Details: Please join us for a 1.5 hour program introducing the basics of the metamorphism of rocks. What’s metamorphosis? During this program we will define the process and discuss the agents and environments causing metamorphism. We’ll also discuss the various textures of metamorphic rocks and the various types of metamorphic rocks common to Colorado. There will be examples of common metamorphic rocks so you can experience and identify these rocks first hand.

Touch Table: Metamorphic Rocks
Date: Sunday, Jan. 26
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Visitor Center
Details: View, feel, touch and identify rocks form around the region. Check out the hands-on samples and learn about local geology with volunteer naturalist Bob Hickey. In addition, there will be special specimens of metamorphic rock. Bring your favorite rock to show Bob!