Winter Bucket List: Fun Things to Do in Southern Colorado

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While other parts of Colorado are covered in snow, Pueblo and the Southern Colorado region offer a mild climate where winter activities abound both in town and within an hour away. We are building up a list of seasonal things you can do, creating the ultimate Southern Colorado Bucket List for you to check off. Message/email Southern Colorado Independent with ideas to add to the list but here’s our starting point:

Southern Colorado Winter Bucket List of Activities and Events:

  1. Pueblo Zoo – Take a stroll through the Pueblo Zoo and enjoy the lights and the animals. The zoo is open daily all winter long from 9 am – 4 pm Monday through Saturday, and 12-4 pm Sunday. 
  2. Visit Bishops Castle – Travel back in time as you explore a mystical forest complete with its own medieval castle! Bishop’s castle, located just 26 miles into Wet Mountains via the scenic highway 165, is a one-man project featuring a 30′ octagon-shaped steeple on top of the 161′ main tower of the castle complete with a fire breathing dragon. Every year since 1969, Jim Bishop has single-handedly gathered and set over 1,000 ton of rock to create this stone and iron fortress in the Greenhorn Mountain Valley.
    Ice Skate at The Pueblo Ice Arena – The Pueblo Ice Arena provides exceptional, year-round, affordable ice skating opportunities and services for all ages. There’s a lot of activities at the area, so check out the public skate times at this link
  3. Build a Snowman or Make a Snow Angel – As kids we’d run outside at snowfalls to build a snowman or make snow angels. Relive your childhood. 
  4. Attend an Sangre de Cristo Art Center Theater or Children’s Playhouse Event – Pueblo has one of the finest art centers in Southern Colorado and this winter there’s a series showcasing regional talent and traditions. Check out their event page here for the current season events. 
  5. Watch a Theatrical Productions the Steele City Theater – There’s a great line up of shows you can see at this link
  6.  Make a Gingerbread House – Spend a day putting together a gingerbread house that is filled with sweets of the season. You can google inspirations or buy a kit. 
  7. Join the Pueblo Polar Plunge – The Polar Bear Plunge is an annual event that takes place each year in Pueblo, where locals form teams or pledge money and submerge themselves entire body into chilling water to raise money for the Special Olympics. This year the event takes place February 17, 2018 at Lake Pueblo State Park. More information is at this link
  8. Shop With Local Businesses and Artists – Shop local and support Pueblo’s locally owned businesses. Make a trip downtown to shop. Head to local art, music and craft events. 
  9. Ice Fish or Cross Country Ski at Lake San Isabel – If you head up to Lake San Isabel in the winter months, depending upon the amount of snow, you’ll find some die hard fishermen, cross country skiers, sledders, snow boarders and snowmobilers. It’s a 37-acre reservoir with spectacular views, with back country trails. 
  10. Bake Cookies – Spend a day baking cookies and goodies. 
  11. Go sledding and be a kid again, or join your kids – You can head out of town, but for small kids and families, there’s some popular little sledding hills in the Pueblo area. 
  12. Take winter pictures of your pets and family – Post them on social media, twitter and more. 
  13. Tour the Rosemount Museum – Build in 1893, this elegant 37-room mansion was home to the John Thatcher Family and has most of its original furnishings and decorative arts still intact. Rosemount was called “Colorado’s Crown Jewel,” and was showcased on the A & E cable network’s nationally televised America’s Castles and the HGTV Series Christmas Castles. While you are there have lunch and coffee at the Carriage House Restaurant. 
  14. Hit the Slopes – The most popular destination for Pueblo locals heading to ski or snow board is Monarch Mountain, west of Salida.  
  15. Read a Book – Turn off the tv and find a book to enjoy  as you cozy up with a blanket and hot chocolate this winter. 
  16. Take up a hobby that’s winter friendly (knitting, creative writing, crafting, music, etc)
  17. Sit by a Fireplace
  18. Watch Classic Movies – Pueblo’s libraries allow free movie rentals and have a huge selection of the classics. 
  19. Head Out for a Winter Hike or Bike Ride – Pueblo’s climate is mild enough that mountain bikers and hikers from all over head here on mild days. There’s often dry ground at the 10,000-acre Lake Pueblo State Park with at least 30 miles of trails. 
  20. Rent a cabin at San Isabel or the La Veta Area – Or stay at a hotel and enjoy the backcountry away from the hustle and bustle. 
  21. Donate – There are many in need during the winter months, you can donate toys, food and even blood. Watch for charity events, fundraisers and ways you can help at
  22. Open Mic Nights – Pueblo has open mic nights and jams throughout the week at various locations, where you can enjoy local musicians play a variety of music.
  23. Live Music Nights – Pueblo is becoming more of  a music city, with a lot of talent that plays not just at the bigger venues in town, but smaller ones too. 
  24. Bowling – Big Daddy’s Sunset bowl is a blast for families and something you can do during the winter months. 
  25. Stroll or Bike Along the Nature Center Trail – The Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo, on the Arkansas River, is a nature preserve where you can walk, hike and bike all winter. You’ll also see the die hard fly fisherman along the river. Enjoy a meal and live music at the Coyote Grill, sometimes in the winter they’ll provide heaters so you can sit outside. 
  26. Support the Former Runyon Theater – Pueblo has a new events facility. This historic theater is being renovated, watch for activities coming this winter. 
  27. Visit Local Farms – Pueblo’s farm markets in the County feature local treats like poticas, cookies, candies and fruit breads.
  28. Enjoy the Riverwalk and Historic Downtown – There’s always action on the Riverwalk and businesses downtown to enjoy. Get out and walk along the Riverwalk, shop and dine this winter. 
  29. Take Photographs and Post Them to Our Popular Now That Is Pueblo For You! Facebook Group Page – We have over 4,000 members in this new group where locals post their photographs and art work for all to enjoy. (Photo of the Riverwalk by Warren Di0doseo of Pueblo. 

Pueblo Magazine’s Jenny Paulson is a 20 year veteran niche magazine publisher, an independent journalist, photographer, publisher, blogger, activist, world traveler and a proud mom. She has worked as a political activist, for a lobbyist, a pr firm, the governor and for a representative in Washington DC. She has lived in her home of Pueblo, CO for just over a decade.

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