Charming neighborhoods and vibrant communities offer an assortment of fun things to do in the Pueblo area.
Pueblo is the economic hub of southeastern Colorado. Pueblo is also an international, multiracial and multicultural community located at the confluence of the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek. One of the largest steel-producing cities in the United States, Pueblo is sometimes referred to as the “Steel City.”
A Great Memorial
Pueblo is known as the “Home of Heroes” largely because the city is the hometown to four recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor for military valor. They are William J. Crawford, Army, WWII; Carl L. Sitter, Marines, Korea; Raymond G. “Jerry” Murphy, Marines, Korea; and Drew D. Dix, Army, Vietnam. In September 2000, an outdoor memorial was unveiled downtown on Heroes Plaza at the Pueblo Convention Center with four life-size bronze statues representing the four Pueblo war heroes.
He Ate 37.5 Sloppers
Eating one slopper sounds like a meal in itself, but 37.5 sloppers?! That’s exactly how many open-faced cheeseburgers smothered in green or red chile that Massachusetts resident Geoff Esper put away in just eight minutes at the 2020 annual World Slopper-Eating Championship. The contest, which takes place each September at the Colorado State Fair, is sponsored by Major League Eating, the same group behind the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
What a View!
One of Pueblo’s most beautiful spots is Liberty Point, a public park that offers great views of the Pueblo Reservoir, Greenhorn Mountain and the Wet Mountains range. Liberty Point features an overlook that is the highest elevation in the city and showcases incredible sunsets that are ideal for photographers. Visitors can often see pronghorn antelope, eagles and hawks.
History is on Every Corner
A total of 26 buildings constructed from 1881-1964 are on two new Downtown Pueblo Historic Building Walking Tours. Tour No. 1 stretches from City Center Drive to Fourth Street and along Main Street and Santa Fe Avenue and includes landmarks like the Montgomery Ward Building and Tutt Block.
Tour No. 2 goes from Fourth Street to 10th Street and along Main Street and Santa Fe Avenue, highlighted by structures such as the Colorado Building and Historic Federal Building. Detailed tour brochures are available here.
Paint the Town
Enjoy more than 35 art galleries, restaurants and businesses in Pueblo’s Creative Corridor during the free First Friday Art Walk held on the first Friday of every month from May to October. Many of the galleries provide art demonstrations, live music, and refreshments. Several participating establishments have free Explorer’s Guide maps that highlight numerous Creative Corridor activities throughout the year.
The 4-1-1 on Pueblo
- All Together Now: Cultural diversity is one of Pueblo’s most attractive attributes and has helped the city thrive. People of Latino, Hispanic and European heritage all work together to make it a livable community.
- A Fair to Remember: Pueblo is instrumental in encouraging and rewarding the agricultural history of Colorado, which is showcased at the annual Colorado State Fair.
- Experience the Flavor: In 1994, Pueblo debuted its annual Chile & Frijoles Festival and also adopted a citywide “Experience the Flavor of Pueblo” slogan that is still used today.
Love Where You Live
Pueblo Welcomes Diversity
The Steel City supports people from all walks of life.
- Family Fun: 25Â¢/ticket Kids can play on almost all the rides at City Park for only 25 cents a ticket, although it costs two tickets to enjoy the train, carousel and bounce houses.
- Hot Diggity Dog: The Greater Pueblo Chamber annually cooks 1,000+ hot dogs and serves them to players and spectators at the Tony Andenucio Baseball Tournament at Runyon Field, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019.
- Climate: Pueblo is one of the sunniest places in the country, even more so than popular beach destinations like San Diego, Miami and Honolulu. On average, there are 258 sunny days per year in Pueblo compared to the U.S. average of 205, according to BestPlaces.net.
Experiences & Adventures
Arts Are Pouring Out of Pueblo
Pueblo’s cultural scene rivals those in big cities.
- The Center of It All: The Pueblo Convention Center is an impressive building that features a Professional Bull Riders Sport Performance Center, a 466-space parking garage and a 17,500-square-foot exhibit hall.
- Melting Pot: Pueblo is becoming a top food city, with ethnic restaurants serving traditional menu items representing cultures such as Italian, Greek, Slovenian, Polish, Irish, German, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, African American and several others.
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