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Pueblo, Colorado is the location for this innovative undertaking – and rightfully so – Pueblo is known as the Home of Heroes. The community boasts the unique distinction as being the home of four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. President Dwight D. Eisenhower once remarked, after bestowing the Medal of Honor upon Raymond G. “Jerry” Murphy, “What is it in the water out there in Pueblo … all you guys turn out to be heroes.” The Center's mission stems from the desire for all generations to understand and never lose sight of sacrifices made by civilians and veterans alike to elevate America as the greatest Country in the world.
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.
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.
The Pueblo Chile has slowly grown from a local favorite into a phenomenon that attracts chili aficionados from around the world. Visitors to Pueblo make it a point to find sellers of the little green delights, and make sure they have enough to last throughout the year. Now, a new trend in tourism has emerged in Pueblo. The Pueblo Chile is now not only a culinary staple, but an industry that draws adventurers looking for “alternative forms of tourism” from every corner of the planet. Lovers of the Pueblo Chile can now experience it in a whole new way, and experience it at its source in a growing tourism trend known as “Agritourism.”
The building at this location is the only remaining firehouse in Pueblo that housed horse-drawn fire equipment and one of two remaining that has the famous brass pole still intact. It was “home” to the valiant men who served with the distinguished Hose Company No. 3. The building was erected in 1881 and the last fire alarm was sounded on March 9, 1979. The building continues its fire-related service to the community through the backing of a fire museum. A wealth of information and pictures, as well as antique fire engines, hose carts and other memorabilia are on display.
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.
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 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.