TELLER COUNTY — Colorado Parks and Wildlife has started grooming cross-country ski runs out at Mueller State Park as a way to open up even more ways for locals to enjoy the great outdoors.
According to a recent release from CPW, with the help of a newly acquired trail-grooming sled and a trusty tracked utility terrain vehicle, park staff work to clear certain trails when snow starts to pile up.
We’re excited to be able to offer this new amenity to enhance winter visits to Mueller State Park,” said Brian Kerrigan, park manager. “People already love snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at the park. This will make the experience even better.”
According to CPW, the sled will be used to create "classic ski tracks," when conditions and snowpack permits, along two trail loops:
- Stoner Mill - A just over two mile round trip rated moderate. It is accessed from the School Pond trailhead parking lot.
- Grouse Mountain Campground Road - A one mile round trip rated easy. It is accessed from the Camper Services Building trailhead parking lot.
Snowshoers are also welcome in the area but park staff requests that they observe trail etiquette keep their tracks separate and to the side of the groomed ski tracks.
Park staff even hopes to increase the number of cross-country ski runs available if/when conditions make that possible.
“We are not a ski area and we’re not trying to be,” Kerrigan said. “This is perfect for those who want to spend a day close to home in the outdoors and in the snow."
Mueller State Park is open all year and features a day pass that is only $9.00.
For more information on the park, CLICK HERE.