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.
We are a multi-disciplinary center for the arts located in Pueblo that also serves 17 surrounding counties. Offering high-quality art exhibitions, performing arts, dance arts, an award-winning children’s museum, comprehensive arts educational programming and space for meetings, performances and life events.
Featured on A&E’s America’s Castles, the three-story Rosemount Manor was designed by notable New York architect Henry Hudson Holly and completed in 1893, then served as the wealthy Thatcher family’s 24,000-square-foot residence for 75 years. Genial museum guides take guests of all ages on a one-hour tour through this 37-room chateau, passing along interesting architectural tidbits, such as the fact Rosemount is constructed entirely of pink rhyolite stones from a nearby quarry. Marvel at the museum’s preeminent decorative details, such as the custom paneling, coffered ceilings, maple and mahogany woodwork, antique furniture, stained-glass displays, Tiffany chandeliers, a primitive 19th-century video-game console, and a grand oak staircase.
With obstacles such as water wheels and undulating greens, miniature golf at Epic Entertainment is tricky enough. But, true to its name, the Mischief Mini-Golf spinner adds even more obstacles to the 19-hole course by daring players with challenges such as playing an entire hole on one leg. Such tasks don't hinder visitors to Epic's five batting cages, whose machines fling everything from baseballs at 60 mph to softball slow pitches. Slow and steady likewise rules the day at Epic's fog-flooded laser tag arena, where phaser-armed players patiently search for opponents within an outdoor maze.
John McDonough has spent his life rising to meet outdoor challenges. Years ago he began traveling the globe as a skier and rock climber, finding adventure and challenges on faraway mountains and snowy cliffs. After more than two decades on skis and 13 years scaling rocks, the professionally trained expert––who once accompanied an inspiring group of blind climbers on a trip––now operates First Ascent Mountain School. The gig comes with the daily pleasure of watching beginners submit to the powerful sense of awe and accomplishment that comes with mountaineering. As First Ascent's founding director, John has assembled a small band of professional mountain guides who shared his zeal for nature and teaching. The crew touts a penchant for making the sometimes-intimidating activities of rock-terrain climbing and snowshoeing accessible to anyone who is interested. John's numerous professional certifications include American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education training and serving as a merit-badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America.
Rock walls tower 1,200 feet on either side of you as you drift on a raft far below a suspension bridge. The rocks echo with the sound of rushing water as your raft heads toward churning Class V rapids. Once you start the plunge into the Royal Gorge run’s Sunshine Falls, Sledgehammer, and Narrows, experienced whitewater-rescue-certified tour guides set to work steadying your paddles and guiding your every move. On any excursion you choose, you’ll also be joined by safety kayakers, who provide support in tough areas and stand by ready to capture photographs of the day’s events.
Out of the water, you can still find an adventure with Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours’ eponymous course of nine ziplines spanning a 1-mile path through open air and tree canopies. The thrilling course lies at the end of a scenic hike through mountain terrain and historic stagecoach trails. Whether your expedition takes place the water, on a zipline, or on a mountain trail, you’ll end the excursion at the rustic Whitewater Bar & Grill, where guides will compile the day’s photos into a slide show so you can reminisce about your adventures and whether those grizzly bears were actually just large deer in bear costumes. Even when not adventuring, you can get a thrill playing volleyball and horseshoes outside the bar or dancing to live music each weekend.