Fun things to do in and around Pueblo

The friendly atmosphere of the Pueblo Zoo makes it a favorite attraction for families. Located in City Park, it exhibits more than 350 animals from 122 species, including several endangered animals. The zoo’s lovely gardens invite relaxing picnics. Its exceptional education programs are great for students of all ages. One of the most popular new exhibits features playful northern river otters.

Once considered Pueblo’s Red-Light District, this historically significant shopping area boasts 83 buildings on the National Historic Register. With the Historic Union Depot on one end and the Historic Riverwalk on the other, this District is perfect for strolling, gallery hopping, shopping, or eating ice cream and cupcakes.

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.

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.

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.

The Repertory offers a variety of entertainment including live theatre, children's theatre, adult and children's workshops, dinner theatre, and murder mysteries.  

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.

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.

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.”

Dine, stroll or enjoy a boat or gondola ride along this river-inspired park. After a devastating flood in 1921, the Arkansas River was diverted to a different location. The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk commemorates the river’s original location with history, public art, interactive fountains, and great events. The international headquarters for the Professional Bull Riders Association also saddles up along the Riverwalk.