Longtime CPW park ranger Brian Kerrigan takes reins of Mueller praises its natural, cultural, recreational opportunities
CPW News Release
DIVIDE, Colo. – Brian Kerrigan, a 13-year member of Colorado Parks and Wildlife team, has been appointed the new manager of Mueller State Park in Teller County.
Kerrigan comes to Mueller from Lake Pueblo State Park where he served as operations manager the past four years. He replaces John Geerdes, who retired last month after 33 years with CPW and its predecessor, Colorado State Parks.
"I'm really excited to be managing the premier park in the Pikes Peak region,” Kerrigan said. “Mueller has such a wealth of natural, cultural and recreational opportunities. I hope to enhance all of those.”
Kerrigan arrives at Mueller with a forestry degree from Colorado State University and a park ranger career that has seen him serve four parks in CPW’s Southeast Region.
Building on the work started by Geerdes, Kerrigan said his goal is to continue enhancing Mueller’s infrastructure, its 134 campsites, three cabins and other facilities.
“John accomplished much in terms of infrastructure management, forest management and creating recreational opportunities,” Kerrigan said. “I fully intend to build on his legacy and truly make Mueller a park for the 21st century."
Mueller’s rich history starts with the Ute Indians who roamed the region south of Divide, hunting along the creeks and meadows of what is now the 5,000-acre state park and the adjacent Dome Rock State Wildlife Area.
Homesteaders, ranchers and farmers started moving into this area in the 1860s and the area boomed with the discovery of gold in 1891 near Cripple Creek.
The park Kerrigan now oversees has many historic reminders of its past, such as ruins of homesteads, an old railroad right-of-way, fishing ponds and plenty of wildlife that can be seen along Mueller’s 55 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.
Kerrigan said he is excited to bring his wife and two young children to Mueller.
“We love being outdoors,” he said. “My family can’t wait to explore the park.”
Mueller State Park is located 45 minutes from Colorado Springs, along Colorado Highway 67, just 3˝ miles south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 24 at Divide on the west side of Pikes Peak.