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New to the Neighborhood? Here’s What You Need to Know about Pueblo

Recent residents to Pueblo experience a warm welcome.

By Livability on April 20, 2021

Families play in the park across the street from the new mural painted next to Bingo Burger in downtown Pueblo, Colorado.
Jeff Adkins

If you recently moved to Pueblo or are thinking about a move, here are a few things you need to know:

  • Pueblo became a city in 1870 and celebrated its 150th birthday in 2020. The community has several great museums that showcase Pueblo’s interesting history.

  • The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, or HARP, is a great place to stroll or take a ride on an excursion boat. You can also admire the 54 pieces of artwork that line the waterway, eat and shop.

  • Outdoor recreation is abundant in the community at gathering spots like City Park, which features the 25-acre Pueblo Zoo, while Lake Pueblo State Park offers activities such as swimming, camping, boating, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, waterskiing and paddleboarding.

  • Students in Pueblo have excellent higher education options, thanks to Pueblo Community College and Colorado State University Pueblo, which both offer many degrees.

  • The slopper – an open-faced cheeseburger on a bun smothered with red or green chile – was created in Pueblo. Some of the top spots to eat one include Cactus Flower Mexican Restaurant, Graham’s Grill, Gray’s Coors Tavern, Rita’s Mexican Food, Simple Simon’s Pizza, Sunset Inn and The Pantry Restaurant.

  • Shopping is hopping in Pueblo, with options ranging from big-box stores like Big Lots, Walmart and Lowe’s to a downtown district that features boutiques, antique shops and more.

  • Spend an hour or two at Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library in the Mesa Junction neighborhood. The building is beautiful architecturally – both outside and inside – and serves as the main branch of the Pueblo City-County Library District.

  • Injured wild birds like eagles, owls and hawks are nursed back to health at the Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center, and children and their parents can get close-up views of the birds and participate in a variety of educational events.

  • The arts scene is alive and well in Pueblo, with organizations and venues like the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, Steel City Theatre Company, Impossible Playhouse, Buell Children’s Museum, El Pueblo History Museum and the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center.

  • The Pueblo Convention Center recently underwent a major expansion/upgrade and added a Professional Bull Riders Sport Performance Center. Pueblo is headquarters to the Professional Bull Riders international organization.

If you’d like to learn more about the Pueblo, CO area, check out the latest edition of Livability Pueblo, CO.

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