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.
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.
The team of experts at Monarch Snowmobile Tours and Rentals leads riders through a snow-dusted wilderness surrounded by mountain peaks and valleys. Snowmobile tours wind in and around the historic and scenic areas of Garfield and Monarch, passing along packed trails into patches of fresh powder. During each tour, guests receive riding instructions and any needed assistance from a knowledgeable guide.