Adventure beckons for families with students wrapping up the school year at both of Pueblo’s K-12 school districts, Pueblo Community College and Colorado State University Pueblo. What to do? No need to head out of town. Here is just a sample of Pueblo County’s many entertaining possibilities to occupy your treasured vacation time.
Pueblo Mountain Park
9161 Pueblo Mountain Park Road, Beulah
Hours: Open daily, dawn to dusk
A quick trip west of the city leads to miles of trails for exploring.
Lake Pueblo State Park
640 Pueblo Reservoir Road
Hours: Open 24 hours per day (visitors must be “actively engaged in camping in a designated site, fishing or boating” between 10 p.m and 5 a.m., per website)
Admission: $10 for daily vehicle pass
Water, open skies and room to roam - and it’s all in Pueblo’s backyard.
12705 State Highway 165, Rye
Hours: Open daily, no scheduled hours of operation
What can one man with a vision accomplish? Make this short trip to the southern part of the county to find out.
3455 Nuckolls Ave. (City Park)
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Admission: Adults, $14; children (3-17), $10; senior/military, $11; military child, $7; ages 3 and younger, free
One of Pueblo’s long-standing attractions awaits - and so does its surrounding park.
Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center - River Campus
5200 Nature Center Rd. (mountain campus located in Pueblo Mountain Park)
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday
Admission: Free; guided tours and educational programs available for varying fees
Take a walk along the Arkansas River, visit the Raptor Center or just absorb the surrounding beauty nestled within our city.
Pueblo City-County Library District
719-562-5600 - main number for all branches
There’s always something happening at Pueblo’s libraries and schedules for each branch are available on the website.
Hours: Open daily; business/attraction hours vary
Explore the heart of Pueblo, including the Veterans’ Bridge on the Riverwalk, Medal of Honor Memorial at the Pueblo Convention Center, Union Avenue shops and plenty of local restaurants to feed hungry kids and adults.
Downtown Pueblo across from Union Depot - alley between West B and West C streets, bordered by Union and Victoria avenues
Hours: Open every night
The lights are always bright and colorful along this little strip of history - a nice destination on an evening walk.
Center for American Values
101 S. Main St., Suite 100
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Learn about the country’s Medal of Honor recipients, including the four from Pueblo, as well as groups and organizations that exemplify the best of American character.
El Pueblo History Museum
301 N. Union Ave.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Admission: Adults, $5; youth (7-17), student (with ID), seniors (65+), active duty military and veterans, $4; children 6 & younger, free
Discover the history of Pueblo through exhibits, the archaeological excavation site of the original 1842 El Pueblo trading post and a re-created 1840s adobe trading post and plaza.
201 W. B St.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Admission: Adults, $6; students, seniors (55+) & military, $5; children (6-12), $4
The heritage of Southeastern Colorado - people, schools, business, sports and daily life - is kept alive through the museum’s exhibits.
Pueblo Railway Museum
301 W. B St., Suite 100
Hours: Open during daylight hours seven days a week
Admission: Free (self-guided tours); train rides available only during museum events ($6-$18)
The mission of the all-volunteer Pueblo Railway Foundation is to “operate, preserve and display railroad equipment and history,” highlighting Pueblo’s important role in the industry.
31001 Magnuson Ave.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday
Admission: Ages 7+, $10; retired military & seniors (60+), $8; active duty military, free; children (6 and younger), free when accompanied by adult
The museum is home to the state’s largest collections of military, space and civilian aircraft, vehicles and artifacts.
419 W. 14th St.
Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Admission: Adults, $8; children (6-18), $5; seniors (60+), $6; 5 and younger, free
Home to the Thatcher family, this historic mansion was built in 1893 and showcases nearly all of the home’s original furnishings, construction, artwork and accessories.
Steelworks Center of the West
215 Canal St.
Hours: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Admission: Adults, $8; children, $4; PCC and CSU Pueblo students with valid school ID, free
Learn about the history of the steel industry in Pueblo - and its impact on the city and surrounding region - through the buildings, archives and artifacts of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company.
Buell Children’s Museum
210 N. Santa Fe Ave.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday
Admission: Adults, $10; children, military and seniors (65+), $8
The arts center features multiple exhibits while the children’s museum offers a place for young imaginations to roam.
Note: At press time, the arts center and children’s museum were closed for water main repairs. It has since reopened.
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