Though some participants choose to run and others to walk, everybody who participates in the Color Dash experiences a transformation. As participants make their way through the 5K Color Dash and UVSplash courses they are subjected to bursts of color; additional events include Zombies by Color Dash, which adds the undead to the equation. Though the color will wash away, the memories will remain forever in the minds of all participants who aren't goldfish. Proceeds from Color Dash events benefit local children's charities and organizations.
Whichever date you choose, you get a spot in the upper-level seating-area sections 301–314 or 326–328, above the rodeo and superb for spotting man and beast locked in violent embrace. Bull riding distinguishes itself from shark surfing and surgical-laser tag as one of the most dangerous sports in existence. Professional riders employ little more than tight-fitting chaps, a hard leather strap, and incredibly beefy thigh muscles in their attempt to stay fixed for at least eight seconds on nearly one ton of mammalian muscle and ruminant rage.
The whirling blenders of Keva Juice pulp fresh fruit and nutritive mix-ins into a menu of creamy smoothies, served alongside hot stuffed pretzels and low-fat frozen yogurt. Regular smoothies ($4.27 for 24 oz.) satisfy sweet cravings with toothsome blends such as All That Razz––an amalgam of raspberry juice, orange sherbet, banana, and strawberries. The Peach Treaty, named after the critical agreement that ended the Seven Pears' War, coddles taste buds peach juice, banana, orange sherbet, and peaches. Each smoothie comes with one free Energizer mix-in, including choices for protein and vitamins ($0.75 each for additional mix-ins). Add a sleep-stopping infusion of Red Bull ($1.25) to any drink, or boost your beverage's nutritional value with whey protein, granola, or soy milk ($1.50). Savory snacks materialize in the form of gooey stuffed pretzels ($3.27), their chewy dough hiding such fillings as cheddar jalapeño and pizza. Frozen yogurt topped with succulent blackberries, crumbled Oreos, or a spritz of all-natural oxygen cools piping-hot palates as it infuses the digestive system with helpful probiotics.
• For $29, you get two tickets from Friday, June 17 through Sunday, July 17, excluding July 1–3 departing from La Veta ($60 value) • For $29, you get two tickets Friday, July 22 through Sunday, August 14 departing from La Veta ($60 value) • For $29, you get two tickets Friday, August 19 through Sunday, September 25 departing from La Veta ($60 value) • For $47, you get two tickets from Friday, June 17 through Sunday, July 17, excluding July 1–3, departing from Alamosa ($96 value) • For $47, you get two tickets from Monday, July 18 through Thursday, August 18 departing from Alamosa ($96 value) • For $47, you get two tickets from Friday, August 19 through Sunday, September 25 departing from Alamosa ($96 value)
Pueblo Zoo originates in three places, all within the city of Pueblo. At the start of the 20th century, three parks around the town displayed a menagerie of exotic animals, but during the 1920s, the zoo consolidated in the current 25-acre City Park location. The space gradually improved throughout the Great Depression as the Works Progress Administration added an animal house, tropical birdhouse, and bear pits. Now open year-round, the zoo houses its 120 different species in modern facilities, allowing visitors to peer at boa constrictors in the rainforest exhibit or watch penguins dive from an underwater viewing room. Favorite animals on display include playful otters and penguins as well as the majestic african lion.