Outdoor

The Nature & Raptor Center of Pueblo is located in beautiful Rock Canyon on the banks of the Arkansas River. A delicate blend of aquatic, riparian, transition and semi-arid grassland habitats provide homes to a wealth of plants and animals. Dine in style at the restaurant overlooking the Arkansas River, enjoy an educational talk and demonstration about birds of prey, and bike along the extensive river trail network.

Nestled in Colorado’s Wet Mountains, this 611-acre mountain park is serenely perfect for year-round hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and stargazing. The Park also hosts guided hikes, camps, yoga getaways, and toddler nature days. The Park’s historic and eco-friendly Horseshoe Lodge also offers amazing woodland accommodations for rejuvenation, exploration or adventure. Just a short drive from Pueblo, the Park lies in the Beulah Valley, a sleepy mountain abode that remains one of Colorado's best-kept secrets.

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.

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.

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.

Colorado’s most popular state park, Pueblo State Park offers tons of water recreation opportunities, nearby hiking and bike riding, bird watching, and great mountain views. Ride a jet ski, relax on a sailboat, and enjoy some of Colorado’s best fishing.

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.

This nationally designated scenic byway climbs from Pueblo's high plains, up through Hardscrabble Canyon into the Wet Mountain Valley, and descends back through the foothills onto the high plains at Colorado City. Along the byway, visitors can stop in Westcliffe, a quaint mountain town, with great shopping, wildflower meadows, intimate views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, and plenty of summer festivals. Check out Additional Information: FrontierPathways.org Frontier Pathways Itinerary Frontier Pathways Guide Tour Colorado

The friendly atmosphere of the Pueblo Zoo makes it a favorite attraction for families. Located in City Park, it exhibits more than 350 animals from 122 species, including several endangered animals. The zoo’s lovely gardens invite relaxing picnics. Its exceptional education programs are great for students of all ages. One of the most popular new exhibits features playful northern river otters.

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