Signs Signs Everywhere There’s Signs

Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs.  Messin’ up the scenery, breakin’ my mind.  Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?


Regulations for the campground in Mueller State Park

We have visited over 40 different campgrounds on our trip, so we are getting a pretty good sense of what the rules are.  Most rules are the same across all campgrounds:  Dogs must be on a leash and you must clean up after them.  Fires are allowed only in established fire pits.  You can park only in designated campsites.  Et cetera.

Some rules can vary across campgrounds:  The hours when generators can be run.  Whether you can collect firewood in the park.  Whether dogs are allowed on the hiking trails.

Because of this variability, each time we visit a new campground, we quickly peruse the regulations list to see how the park is the same or different than the others.

But boy were we surprised, amused and dismayed all at once when we visited Mueller State Park in Colorado.  Never had we seen so many signs in one place.  Everywhere we looked there was a sign telling us what we could and couldn’t do.

And some of the rules made us laugh out loud.  For example, in the list of the 11 most important campground rules shown above, #5 stated that we were not allowed to bring a llama into the campground.  Seriously, are llamas a huge problem in Colorado?  We also laughed at #9.  We were really worried that a park ranger would stop by, draw his gun, and order me to drop my 3.3% alcoholic beverage.

Yet perhaps the most disturbing sign was this:

Pets are prohibited, but killing wildlife is just fine

Pets aren’t just disallowed, they are actually prohibited on trails.  Yes, you can go to jail if you walk your dog on a hiking trail.  The park ranger told us this was because pets can disturb the wildlife.  Yet it’s fine by them if you want to hunt the wildlife.  So whatever you do, just make sure that you don’t disturb the animals in the park before you kill them.  Clearly the Mueller State Park authorities have their priorities a bit messed up.

To end on a bright note, this was my favorite sign so far on our trip, that we found in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah:

A park with a sense of humor

The sign reads…  “Attention Dog Guardians: Pick up after your dogs.  Thank you.  Attention Dogs: Grrrrr, bark, woof.  Good dog.”  Now there’s a park that’s serious but not too serious.

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