Things to Do in Pueblo, CO
Like any community, there are plenty of great things to do in Pueblo, CO. Sometimes these events, attractions and restaurants are well known, while other times it takes a well-trained eye or local guide to introduce you to them. If you are looking for more variety, the more populous cities in Colorado are certain to accommodate your desires of activities.
Pueblo's many arts attractions have long added splashes of creativity and color to the local landscape, but the city's new state-designated “Creative Corridor” connects those dots.
Jam-packed with fun and educational activities, kid-friendly restaurants and people who value family relationships, Pueblo makes it easy for parents to keep kids entertained. We asked a few local mothers to share their favorite spots and tips for things to do and places to go. Fun Pueblo Destinations
Located in City Park, the Pueblo Zoo is home to more than 420 animals of 140 different species. Stroll through the zoo's beautiful garden grounds to see popular animal exhibits, including North American Grasslands, Serengeti Safari, Australian Outback, Asian Adventure and World of Color. Go to the zoo's Ecocenter and discover naked mole rats living in an underground world and penguins that appear to fly underwater. Watch river otters swim and play at the Pioneer Ranch, where children can see their favorite farm animals up close.
Have you ever eaten an Abraham Lincoln sandwich? A Martin Luther King hoagie? A John F. Kennedy sub? Paul Jones is a Pueblo native and retired U.S. Navy veteran who got tired of being retired, so he began traveling on vacation back East about 10 years ago. He stopped at several restaurants along the way where sandwiches called heroes were served.
Pueblo's colorful culture scene encourages people to figuratively paint the town red, whether it's at a gallery, museum or on stage at one of the city's many performing arts venues. Galleries
Pueblo’s Sangre de Cristo Arts Center celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012, and is thriving under new leadership. In 2011, longtime supporter Dan Lere took over as executive director of the center and has overseen the introduction of new programs and perfection of some old favorites.
Rod Slyhoff believes opportunity is knocking and Pueblo is about to open the door.
Some wield a paintbrush while others take to the stage, but no matter how they express their talent, artists and performers have an enthusiastic and supportive home in Pueblo. The Importance of Art in Pueblo
Pueblo, Colorado--home to the Professional Bull Riders Association since July 2007--is happy to host the annual Wild Wild West Fest in the middle of May. Started in May 2009 by PBR officials looking for a way to thank their new Pueblo neighbors for the warm welcome and to play a larger role in the Pueblo community, the Wild Wild West Fest is a joint initiative with the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. Held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds
Discover all that Pueblo has to offer, from world-class artwork to natural getaways. Have your own memorable experience with these exciting attractions: 1. Lace up your skates for cool fun at the Pueblo Plaza Ice Arena. 2. Spend some time in the historic Rosemount Museum, a 19th-century mansion with authentic furnishings.
Every year they dress up as Santas, rocket ships, football players and be-spangled hula girls. But these costumed cuties aren’t trick-or-treating children. They’re sausages, and they’re ready to race.
Located in an historic building in the heart of downtown Pueblo, Shamrock Brewing Company is a unique dining establishment that is one part Irish pub, one part brewery and one part restaurant. Shamrock's great food, award-winning craft brewed beers, distinctive interior and lively atmosphere make it a favorite gathering spot for visitors from around the city.
If you’re looking for great diner food, look no further than The Pantry Restaurant on East Abriendo Avenue in Pueblo. The Pantry has been serving delicious home-style cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner for more than 39 years.
Local food in Pueblo comes with a kick. Its most famous ingredient, the green chile, has found its way into restaurants and roadside farm stands throughout the city. Green Chiles
Eric Copeland has a full plate in front of him "“ and it's not just because he's the executive chef at the Pueblo Convention Center. Chef's Journey
Those cars you see heading out of Pueblo in the morning when everyone else is driving into the city? Some hold chefs bound for farms on the mesa east of town and ranches in the foothills to the west, searching for the best vegetables and meats to grace their tables.
In Pueblo, a burger is more than just a burger. Smother it with the city's famous green chilis and top with raw onions and you've got a slopper, Pueblo's unique contribution to the food world. Slopper Beginnings The origin of the messy meal (most often served in a bowl, to be eaten with a spoon) is a little cloudy. Although it is known to have originated in Pueblo, no one can agree on which restaurant was the first to serve it. Today, more than 25 Pueblo restaurants slop up sloppers, and they're all a little different.
Pueblo has plenty of local treasures putting the city on the map, but none is quite as delicious as the slopper. A burger topped with Pueblo green chilies (and a variety of other toppings), the delicacy is the city's unique contribution to the food world. Today, more than 25 Pueblo restaurants slop up sloppers, and they're all a little different. Gray's Coors Tavern vs. Sunset Inn
You have 36 hours in Pueblo, and you're hungry. Where do you eat? Rod Slyhoff has suggestions. The president and CEO of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce enjoys good food and the occasional martini, and can recommend some of the best places for both. Restaurant Fifteen Twentyone
For the last 20 years, the Chile & Frijoles Festival Presented by Loaf 'N Jug has brought hundreds of thousands of people into Pueblo, creating millions in economic impact for the area and building Pueblo’s reputation as a cultural center for Colorado and beyond. Pueblo has grown itself a regional treasure in its annual celebration. But the chile itself was the area’s signature flavor long before there was a festival celebrating it.
The tail waters of the Pueblo Reservoir are one of the most popular destinations for fly fishing in Southeastern Colorado. Anglers find the stretch between the reservoir and Pueblo Boulevard to be urban fishing at its best. Gold Medal Waters and Hot Spot Designations
Scheduling a play date is no problem in Pueblo because of many recreational offerings, whether you're participating in sports or cheering favorite athletes. Pueblo Motorsports Park
What do math and gymnastics have to do with rock climbing? Pueblo West resident John Gill knows the answer. Considered the father of American bouldering, the former math professor combined gymnastics and mathematics in his approach to climbing. “A mathematician is always solving problems,” Gill says, “and the same is true of bouldering. Boulder routes are even called ‘problems.’ It helps in bouldering to have an inquiring mind.”
The Arkansas River is a rock star in Pueblo's recreation scene. An urban boulder-climbing area is the latest addition to the river trail. Pillars Park, the work of the 2011 class of Leadership Pueblo, invites youngsters to embark on a rock-climbing adventure while engaging them at a safe distance from the river. Families relax on benches and picnic tables sculpted from natural rock quarried in Colorado. The boulders, also from a Colorado quarry, were treated to protect against graffiti.
As summer snowmelt runs down the Rockies to Pueblo, water-sports enthusiasts flood the Arkansas River with activity. The area teems with kayakers, boaters, water-skiers, and – surfers? Yes, surfers. Lured by the waves at downtown Pueblo’s Whitewater Park, river surfers are quickly turning the city into Colorado’s top surfing destination. Surfing Capital of Colorado
In Pueblo, rodeo isn’t just about big-name stars and big-time sponsors. Thanks to the National Little Britches Rodeo Association, it’s also about family, fair play and friendship. “We are a very inclusive program, and family is the key to the NLBRA,” says Executive Director Kimber Solberg. NLBRA participants range in age from 5 to 18, meaning that entire families can travel – and compete – together.
The staff at Pueblo Plaza Ice Arena plans to install a laser light show in late 2010 or early 2011. That light show should attract high school and college students to public skating sessions on Friday and Saturday nights. It is one of several citywide recreational activities that are being planned or are already in place throughout Pueblo.
Though the natural splendor of Pueblo may be lost on its pets, the abundance of pet amenities won't be. Dogs will love playing in City Bark at City Park, a fenced, leashless park with doggy water fountains and picnic tables for two-legged guests.The 2 1/2-acre park is located within City Park, North of its Elmwood Golf Course and the Pueblo Zoo.
It would seem that any golfer who has spent time hacking out of a bunker would have nightmares at the thought of playing near 85,000 acres of sand. But golfers in Pueblo do just that every day, taking their swings not far from the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. Elmwood Golf Course
Pueblo, Colo. shopping ranges from the quaint shops in the downtown area to large chain retailers dispersed throughout the city's many shopping centers. Here is a quick sample of what to expect when you're shopping in the area: Historic Downtown Pueblo