There's something magical about the pink volcanic stone that makes up Rosemount Museum's exterior. Step inside, and you're instantly transported back to a mansion from the late 19th century. Original furnishings and artwork sprawl everywhere as visitors walk through this dream home, which was built in 1893 for John Thatcher, a banker and businessman, and his wife, Margaret, Pueblo's first public school teacher.
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Resident American IndyCar Series champion Greg Gorden schools speed freaks on high-velocity driving techniques before passing the wheel for some friendly, hands-on competition on the Pikes Peak International Speedway. Gorden begins the 2.5-hour training with classroom instruction where he explains driving basics such as how the car works, how to properly navigate the track, and what to do if the steering wheel begins to self-replicate. Students ensconce themselves in program-provided driving suits and helmets before heading out to the track for two racing sessions in a Formula 2000 car. After the first six laps, newly minted acceleration apprentices can bombard instructors with tactical questions before climbing back behind the wheel for six additional laps to determine who earns bragging rights and who gets stuck singing the cars to sleep after the race is over.
The highest suspension bridge in America straddles the Royal Gorge as patrons gaze out across sweeping vistas from an aerial tramway, a steep railway, and a Skycoaster ride. Jaws drop on the bridge, a National Register of Historic Places structure that dangles above millions of years' worth of rock layers to delight amateur geologists like a volcano full of candy. Guests cruise 1,178 feet above the canyon base during the aerial tram ride and learn about the Native Americans who hunted and camped in the region. Granite walls tower above the incline railway, a conveyance built in 1931 that carries the adventurous on a 45-degree trip to the bottom of the canyon, where visitors feel cool river spray without insulting a trout. The one-hour terrain trail ride carries riders into Royal Gorge country on mule back to ogle mountain-range panoramas, and the Royal Rush Skycoaster plunges gleefully screaming guests in free fall at up to 50 miles per hour before dangling them over the canyon's lip. Park-goers romp through a variety of other attractions, including the plaza theater, a historical display, and a wildlife park.
Located next door to the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility?an operational prison built in 1871?Museum of Colorado Prisons houses no inmates within its walls. Instead, the former Women's Correctional Facility now contains 30-plus cells, each transformed into exhibits covering more than 140 years of the state's incarceration history. Along with in-depth profiles of notorious prisoners of the likes of Alfred Packer, who was infamously convicted of cannibalism, the museum homes in on aspects of prison life throughout the decades. Displays encompass everything from confiscated contraband to inmate arts and crafts, including many watercolors of contraband that prisoners were feeling wistful about. Besides daily audio of self-guided tours, the museum invites visitors to occasional events every year, such as nighttime ghost-hunting expeditions.
Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Bear Basin Packtrips provides a gateway to the area’s best outdoor adventures. Horseback riding, guided elk hunting, fly-fishing excursions, and whitewater rafting are everyday options. Trips depart from their working ranch, a still-serviceable relic from the 1890s. For more adventurous riders, pack trips on horseback help visitors get up close and personal with the mountains. Two-, three-, and even five-day trips offer those of all experience levels the chance to feel like a modern-day cowboy riding as many as six or seven hours a day in search of spectacular views.