Pike National Forest
The town of Woodland Park is surrounded by the one million acre Pike National Forest. There are eleven National Forests in Colorado.
Camping and picnicking facilities are abundant in the Pike National Forest. Since the establishment of Pike as a National Forest in 1907, the forest has developed 62 campgrounds and 27 picnic areas.
Wildlife can be seen throughout the forest. Elk, deer, Rocky Mountain big horn sheep, and black bear all call Pike National Forest their home. Fishing is plentiful and easy to access.
Some fees are applicable for different activities within the park.
Contact the Peak Ranger District by phone at (719) 636-1602 or visit the website at www.sangres.com.
Pikes Peak's beauty was the inspiration for our nation's beloved song, "America the Beautiful." Once you view it, you will easily understand why.
"Officially" discovered by Zebulon Pike in 1806, Pikes Peak has been part of the Ute Tribe's history and folklore for centuries. Pikes peak rises 14,110 feet above sea level. The mountain is mainly composed of Pikes Peak granite, a mixture of feldspar and quartz. Quartz frequently is found with gold, leading to the Pikes Peak Gold Rush which began in 1859. Wagons painted with the motto, "Pikes Peak or Bust" braved their way across the country towards the majestic mountain. Many of the towns in Teller County were born as a result of this gold rush.
Visitors can go to the top of the mountain by hiking, driving a toll road, or by cog railway.
Mueller State Park
Spoil yourself in one of Colorado's finest camping areas, Mueller State Park. Located off Hwy 67, approximately 3½ miles south of Divide, Colorado. Mueller offers picnic areas with grills, modern campground facilities, parking for horse trailers, as well as over 50 miles of hiking trails. A daily or annual Colorado State Park pass must be purchased to use the park.
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Just south of Florissant, Colorado, on Teller County Road, is the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. A Visitors Center welcomes you with an array of the smaller fossils as well as explanations of the findings from different eras.
In addition to the fascinating fossil beds, other outdoor fun such as hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, outdoor photography, and many other activities is readily at hand.