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Mountain Park Provides Learning and Quiet for Everyone
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The Mountain Park Environmental Center is located at 9112 Mountain Park Road in Beulah. In 1920, Arthur Carhart wanted to find a place where people from Pueblo could escape the summer heat and the idea for the Mountain Park was born.

The lodge on the 611 acre park was built in 1938 and, initially, opened only in the summer. Over six miles of hiking trails are on the park grounds and two of those trails lead directly into the San Isabel National Forest. Those trails are rated easy to moderate.

Renovated extensively in the early 2000’s, the lodge now consists of 11 individual Bed and Breakfast style rooms, each with an individual flavor and some with their own fireplaces. Each of the themes make the room very unique. Prices vary somewhat but are very affordable. The lodge covers over 18,000 sq.ft.

In addition, two dormitory style rooms will sleep 30 each. Two classrooms are used for educational programs and local gatherings.

The lodge has a commercial kitchen and a 100 person dining room. The lodge is very eco-friendly and has a very low impact on the environment.

During the summer there are guided hikes, drum circles, summer camps, and outdoor movies on a giant screen in front of the lodge.

In the winter you can snowshoe, hike, and just spend a lot of time in one of the donated rocking chairs on the porch.

The lodge provides environmental education to every 5th grader in the Pueblo City School system. More than 1300 5th graders, 80% of them who had never been in the mountains, attended educational days at the lodge last summer.

One of the new programs at the lodge is a Forest School for Little Rangers. That program began in October 2016. and is being offered to around 400 pre-school students and their parents.

The lodge’s primary focus is the education of school age children but they also get a lot of small family traffic, corporate board retreats, nature retreats and people just looking for peace and quiet.

For the last 18 months Jon Pilarski has served as the Executive Director. Pilarski has instituted several new programs and taken an active lead in promoting the facility.

The non-profit raises money from private donors, the Packer Foundation and interested parties. The cost to educate each school runs in the neighborhood of $100,000. Individual donors contribute about 40% of the fundraising dollars.

For information or to book some time in this beautiful hide-away, call (719) 485-4444 or e-mail Their website is

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