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Arkansas Headwaters State Park- This park offers some of the highest quality white water opportunities in the country.
Arkansas River- The Arkansas River is a true Western, "big water" experience. Although relatively under fished, it is very popular among rafters.
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site- Bent's Old Fort is located in southeast Colorado, near the town of La Junta. William and Charles Bent, along with Ceran St. Vrain, built the original fort on this site in 1833 to trade with plains Indians and trappers.
Comanche National Grassland- Comanche National Grassland is located in southeastern Colorado. This vast expanse of land is considered the most remote of all the public lands in Colorado.
Lake Pueblo State Park- Lake Pueblo State Park lies five miles south of Pueblo West and provides water-based entertainment for visitors.
Pikes Peak Ranger District- The Pikes Peak Ranger District encompasses the region surrounding the city of Colorado Springs.
San Carlos Ranger District- The San Carlos Ranger District is part of the San Isabel National Forest; within its boundaries are the Spanish Peaks, the Sangre de Cristo Range and the Wet Mountains.

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Description - Pueblo is a community of 100,000 people. It began as a milling town for the gold, silver and coal mines within Colorado. Today urban renewal has brought some of Pueblo's neighborhoods back to Victorian splendor. Downtown historic tours are available in the shopping center of the city. Open space in Pueblo includes Mineral Palace Park, located on 17th Street, with manicured lawns and gardens and the public pool. Along the banks of the Arkansas River is the Greenway and Nature Center. It provides visitors and locals with access to fishing, picnicking, volleyball courts and a river put-in. The Raptor Center of Pueblo is located next to the Greenway Center. It houses a recovery and viewing center for birds of prey. Pueblo Lake State Park brings many people to the area. It is the largest draw for recreation in the immediate Pueblo area.

Recreation - Visitors and locals alike can enjoy a variety of accessible recreation opportunities in the Pueblo area. Many miles of biking trails exist in and around the city. Other opportunities include boating, jet skiing, sailing, swimming and fishing at Pueblo Lake State Park. Fishing, kayaking and rafting may be enjoyed on the Arkansas River as it flows easterly through town.

Climate - Pueblos climate is one of the warmest in the state of Colorado. The arid plains combined with the low elevation (4,690 feet) produce mild winters with little accumulated snowfall and hot summers with afternoon rainstorms. The summer heat easily reaches the triple digits and nights remain in the 70s - 80s. Winters can be very cold, but the cold weather usually doesn't remain for long until more mild air returns.

Location - Pueblo is located on I-25, less than one hour south of Colorado Springs. The Arkansas River flows through the southern part of the community. The Wet Mountains, part of San Isabel National Forest, lie to the west less than thirty miles. CaƱon City lies about thirty miles northwest of Pueblo.

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Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737

Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, 302 North Santa Fe Drive, P.O. Box 697 , Pueblo, CO, 81003, Phone: 800-233-3446
, www.pueblochamber.org

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Colorado Community Areas - Colorado's diverse communities include metropolitan areas, posh ski resorts and rustic mountain towns.

City of Pueblo - This site provides information about city government,recreation and job opportunities.
Colorado Tourism Website - Official website of the Colorado Tourism Office.
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