Southeast Colorado

A pedestrian-friendly and peacefully lazy channeled slice of the Arkansas – the rest of it is running more fiercely underground – this is the center of historic Pueblo. There are sidewalks on both sides of the river and plenty of shady seating. It runs for about four blocks and during the summer months you can book pedal boats or take a gondola tour.

The city hosts occasional concerts and events here, too.

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1. Vail Hotel

0.08 MILES

A gorgeous relic built during the grand hotel era, the Vail was dedicated on September 11, 1911, withstood the 1921 flood and was named for chairman John…

2. El Pueblo History Museum

0.15 MILES

Set on central plaza, the original site of Fort Pueblo (an American fort established in 1842 and held until 1854, when a Ute and Apache raid on Christmas…

3. Pueblo Railway Museum

0.27 MILES

A somewhat decentralized museum with exhibits set up in a corner of the Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center, an old freight warehouse opposite Union…

4. Pueblo Union Depot


Still standing proudly on the railway, this historic 1880s structure has been refurbished and reclaimed as a shopping mall and law-office complex of sorts…

5. Sangre de Cristo Art Center

0.44 MILES

Set in three brick buildings, housing seven galleries that feature both fine and regional historical arts and crafts, this is more than just Pueblo’s art…

6. Buell Children’s Museum

0.44 MILES

This is the place to climb into classic cars, jam to old rock and roll, build bridges, swim with jellyfish, create magical fairy lands and discover the…

7. Rosemount Museum


Pueblo’s premier historic attraction is this three-story, 37-room Victorian mansion, constructed in 1893 of pink rhyolite stone. It contains elaborate…

8. Nature & Raptor Center of Pueblo

3.43 MILES

Riverside trails, reptile displays, picnic and playground areas, and a raptor center bring people beneath the cottonwoods on the Arkansas River. The…