Activities

Fun things to do in and around Pueblo

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.

Blessed with water, sunshine and fertile soil, St. Charles Mesa was settled in the late 1800s/early 1900s by mostly Italian immigrants. These families continue to farm the land of their ancestors with world-famous Mira Sol chiles and lots of other farm-fresh wonders. During the growing and harvest seasons, people can visit farms to buy produce and even pick their own.

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.

Just one hour east of Pueblo sits Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, a reconstructed 1840’s adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers and Plains Indian tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade. Today, living historians recreate the sights, sounds and smells of the past with guided tours, demonstrations, and special events.

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.

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.

The Arkansas River levee is the canvas for the Pueblo Levee Mural Project‚ a 3-mile-long piece of artwork that holds the Guinness Book of World Records’ distinction as being the world’s largest continuous painting. Not bad for some­thing that began 30 years ago as isolated graffiti and was not embraced by the community at large.  

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.

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.

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.

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