Fun things to do in and around Pueblo

This amazing one-man-made castle is part artistry, part craftsmanship and part entertainment. Nestled right along the edge of the San Isabel National Forest, the castle is still a work-in-progress – created only with the heavy labor of artisan Jim Bishop. Bishop is also well-known for his hand-painted signs and spontaneous soliloquies.

Enjoy a stroll in the cultural heart of Pueblo! This non-profit outdoor sculpture project promotes art as an important element in arts education, cultural pride and community redevelopment. Located in the heart of Downtown Pueblo near the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Buell Children’s Museum, Pueblo Convention Center, and the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk, the Street Gallery features works by Colorado artists. Except for pieces purchased for permanent placement, each sculpture is exhibited for one year, most sculptures are for sale. Contact Margaret Ward Masias at (719) 543-7155, for entry, purchase information or to make contributions.

One of America’s castles, the Rosemount Museum was once the house of the Thatcher Family – one of Pueblo’s founding families. The 37-room home is made of Colorado pink volcanic stone and was designed by Victorian architect Henry Hudson Holly of New York City.

Just a short drive west of Pueblo, experience the natural beauty of the famous Royal Gorge each year aboard Colorado’s finest scenic railroad. Enjoy the comfort and charm of carefully restored railroad cars. Travel in glass-topped vista dome cars, have a gourmet lunch or dinner and even partake in a murder mystery on the train. This is a fun way to enjoy the charm of classic train travel and the dramatic views of the Royal Gorge.

Dine, stroll or enjoy a boat or gondola ride along this river-inspired park. After a devastating flood in 1921, the Arkansas River was diverted to a different location. The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk commemorates the river’s original location with history, public art, interactive fountains, and great events. The international headquarters for the Professional Bull Riders Association also saddles up along the Riverwalk.

Witness a relic of American industry by visiting this treasure, which sits across the Interstate from the still-pulsing steel mill. Blessed with amazing archives and artifacts from everything to former coal town maps to medical equipment, this museum captures a quintessential American story of immigration, industrialization, innovation and conflict.

With 11 days and half-a-million visitors, the Colorado State Fair is the perfect entertainment-filled end to the summer. From monster trucks and beloved Fiesta Day to carnival rides and livestock auctions, the Colorado State Fair is amplified family fun.

The Arkansas River that slices through Pueblo’s downtown area is a recreation rock star, offering everything from fly-fishing and rafting west of Pueblo to world-class bird watching and fishing at Valco Ponds. For kayakers and boogie boarders, Pueblo’s Whitewater Park is an urban kayak course with eight drops and is surrounded by a collective mural considered the world’s longest public-created art.