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Mueller State Park/Royal Gorge

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Mueller State Park/Royal Gorge

Hi Everyone,

I am headed to Mueller State Park with a group of friends in a few weeks. Wondering about going to the Royal Gorge as a day trip. Some of our group are interested in doing the train, and others want to do the bridge. Any thoughts on doing both on the same visit?

Also wondering if there are any areas nearby that are known for star watching? I would love to see the Milky Way. Thanks for any advice.

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1. Re: Mueller State Park/Royal Gorge

Mueller is at 9400' so stargazing should be pretty good right in the park, once you get away from the lit up areas.

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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2. Re: Mueller State Park/Royal Gorge

Most likely you will see the Milky Way just fine from Mueller SP. We live 15 miles outside of a 75,000 person city and have beautiful views most nights. A day trip to the Royal Gorge area would work, but the park is in one location and the train ride starts and ends in another. Canon City has a handful of lunch spots, Pizza Madness & Le Petit Chablis are both excellent and have been around a long time. Lots of places have opened since we lived there (back in 2001)

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3. Re: Mueller State Park/Royal Gorge

This particular state park is famous for the black bears known to wander through and so you will want to practice safe food handling. …state.co.us/placestogo/…Camping.aspx

https:/…BearAware.pdf

Saint Louis...
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4. Re: Mueller State Park/Royal Gorge

Thanks, Wheatie. Looking forward to the trip, and hoping to see the stars!

Saint Louis...
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5. Re: Mueller State Park/Royal Gorge

Thanks, CasaAzul. That is good information. The distance will certainly help us plan the day trips from Mueller.

Saint Louis...
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6. Re: Mueller State Park/Royal Gorge

Thanks, SusieLou. We will definitely be bear aware, and abide by the rules. We did this on trips to the Smokies as well as Yellowstone.

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