Pueblo Zoo

Blue and yellow macaws at the Pueblo Zoo
November 22, 2011

Staff writer The Pueblo Zoo houses 400 animals from around the world, including a rainforest exhibit and underwater observatories to watch otters and penguins. The Mahlon T. White Discovery Room offers hands-on programs, and safari birthday parties are available for kids. A special ElectriCritters light show is featured during the winter holidays. Details Pueblo Zoo 3455 Nuckolls Ave. Pueblo CO 81005 (719) 561-1452 Website

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Lake Pueblo State Park

Lake Pueblo State Park
November 22, 2011

Lake Pueblo State Park surrounds the Pueblo Reservoir, considered by locals a “hot spot” for fishing with more than 4,600 surface acres of water, 60 miles of shoreline and almost 10,000 acres of land. Two full-service marinas, numerous campsites, and miles of trails are available. Sightseeing opportunities include views of Pikes Peak and the Greenhorn and Wet mountain ranges, the Arkansas River and 200-year-old juniper trees. Details Lake Pueblo State…

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Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo

Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo
November 22, 2011

Staff writer The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo meanders over a 32-acre space and provides a pleasant waterfront for strolling or sitting, as well as renting paddleboats. Guided boat tours are also available. After the Great Flood of 1921, the river was diverted from the downtown area. The Riverwalk has returned the waterfront to its historic location, creating an urban feeling. Statues, sculptures, bronze animals, fountains, plants and hand-carved benches…

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Pueblo history

Colorado Fuel and Iron mill in Pueblo
November 22, 2011

By Sue Deans In the 1840s, traders and trappers helped build a plaza known as El Pueblo or Fort Pueblo, hoping to promote settlement and trade along the Arkansas River, then a border with Mexico. The few families who lived there traded with Native Americans for hides and other items. A raid by Utes and Apaches in 1854 killed more than a dozen residents, and the post was abandoned, to…

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Cripple Creek

Staff writer Cripple Creek, a historic gold mining town southwest of Pikes Peak, now houses mostly casinos. History buffs can still find some alternatives, however. The Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad, open seasonally, goes through the mining district and nearby scenic areas. The Outlaws & Lawmen Jail Museum and the Cripple Creek Heritage Center offer a view of history, and the Mollie Kathleen Mine offers a tour 1,000…

November 16, 2011
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Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Manitou Springs cliff dwellings
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The ruins at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum were moved from southwestern Colorado in the late 1890s to preserve them. The display illuminates the architecture and the lives of the Anasazi Indians who lived in the pueblos 700 years ago, with museum exhibits focusing on their culture and artifacts. Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum 10 Cliff Dwellings Road Manitou Springs CO 80829 719-685-5242 Website

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Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Pikes Peak Cog Railway
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The century-old Pikes Peak Cog Railway offers an easy ride to the peak’s 14,115-foot summit, climbing 7,539 feet in nine miles. Visitors can drive to the top on a toll road, but they have a much better view of the scenery from the train, passing through high plains to alpine tundra. They often encounter bighorn sheep grazing high above the city, or smaller animals such as yellow-bellied marmots….

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Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs
November 16, 2011

Staff writer Pikes Peak is located in the Pike National Forest about 10 miles west of Colorado Springs and about 8,000 feet in elevation above the city. It is one of Colorado’s most popular attractions. The peak’s 14,110-foot summit can be reached by cog railway or toll road – or by foot on the 11-mile 12.6-mile Barr National Recreation Trail,, which climbs 7,500 feet in altitude from Manitou Springs. Campgrounds…

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Manitou Springs

Barker House in Manitou Springs
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The mineral springs at Manitou Springs, named by Native Americans for the great spirit Manitou, helped give Colorado Springs its name. The springs also brought to the area many people who suffered from consumption, hoping for a cure. They were urged to drink the waters and many patients did recover. It was later discovered that they weren’t cured by the water but by the dry mountain air –…

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World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame

Staff writer The World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame honors the significant role of Colorado Springs in American figure skating through the World Arena, which continues to train America’s finest skaters. Exhibits highlight the history of figure skating ,and a Hall of Fame honors the sport’s champions, such as Sonya Henie, Dick Button and Coloradan Scott Hamilton. Details World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame 20 First…

November 16, 2011
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