Activities

Fun things to do in and around Pueblo

Pueblo is undergoing a Bohemian renaissance, becoming a haven for internationally-known artists. Pueblo's visual arts scene is showcased by the Visual Artists of Pueblo, a collective group of artists who facilitates regular gallery receptions, studio tours and arts walks. Whether you're simply looking to admire amazing works of artists, or in the market to start your own collection, Pueblo is a destination of choice for art lovers.

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.

With seven rotating galleries, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center is a must-see stop for art lovers. The Arts Center boasts several art collections that embody the American Southwest, including: the King Collection of Western Art, the world’s largest repository of work by Printmaker Gene Kloss, and a growing collection of historic and contemporary Santos and Retablos.

El Pueblo History Museum showcases the city's history and the region's many cultural and ethnic groups. The property includes a re-created 1840's adobe trading post and plaza, and the archaeological excavation site of the original 1842 El Pueblo trading post.  

In a quick day trip just West of Pueblo and Canon City, visitors can marvel at Colorado’s Natural Wonder – a place that brings together the scenic beauty of the Grand Canyon and the human achievement of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Royal Gorge Bridge is America's highest suspension bridge. The park also features the longest single-span Aerial Tram, steepest Incline Railway and the newest thrill ride, the world's highest Skycoaster.

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.

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 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.

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.

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