Local Area Attractions
We're an excellent base camp for your Colorado vacation, many unforgettable Colorado attractions are only a 15- to 60-mile drive from here in all directions. Visit Pikes Peak area attractions, the Royal Gorge, and the Great Sand Dunes National Monument attractions. And don't miss the many Pueblo area attractions, especially the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk and all its activities, just 20 minutes away! Information and discount tickets are available at the front desk to many of the attractionbs.
Hollydot Championship Golf Course
Experience the friendly service of this 18-hole course while golfing under the shadow of the Greenhorn Mountain. Open year-round and located just five minutes from the campground, it is one of the area's most challenging courses. Hollydot is a member of The Golf Card and has been honored many times by Golf Magazine. Ask for your discount coupon at the front desk.
Lake Beckwith and Lake Isabel
Lake Beckwith is a 70-acre lake located seven miles from the campground. This facility is stocked for fishing and also offers a wide variety of outdoor activities. A cement walkway surrounds the lake and is used for walking, running, biking, and rollerblading. Canoes, pedal boats, kayaks and other small boats are commonly seen on the lake.
In the winter months, the Lake Isabel area provides ice fishing, tobogganing, snowmobiling and cross country skiing.
Lake San Isabel, a 37-acre reservoir with spectacular views, is located 22 miles from the campground and is a very popular area. Excellent recreation facilities make for a very pleasant fishing experience, especially if you enjoy fishing for rainbow and German brown trout. The area is especially good for children wanting to learn how to fish, featuring several open-shore areas with easy casting opportunity. Those interested in small stream fishing may want to try the St. Charles River, which feeds and drains the lake. Good fishing can be had both upstream and down, depending on how adventurous you choose to be.
Travel back in time as you explore a mystical forest complete with its own medieval castle! Bishop's castle, located just 26 miles from the campground via a scenic highway, 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. In 2005, Jim added a 20' geodesic metal mesh dome on top of the castle, 200' above ground level on the northwest tower, which rotates when visitors run in it.
Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway
Beyond the interstate and the hustle of Colorado's exciting Front Range cities. . . there is a world of natural beauty and off-beat surprises. This land beckons visitors with a sense of adventure. Come visit the real Colorado; see the Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway, accessed at Exit 74 off Interstate 25 in Colorado City, right across the highway from the campground.
Full of vast natural and cultural variety, this part of southern Colorado was home to the nation's earliest explorers, trappers and traders. In the 1870's homesteaders, ranchers, and miners established their roots in the foothills of the Rocky Mountain west, surrounded by the lush Wet Mountain Range and the jagged Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
A rich history is infused throughout the Byway. In addition, it offers over 100 miles of scenic beauty, numerous museums and recreational opportunities. Both a state and national Byway, the tour climbs from the high plains, through Hardscrabble Canyon, by breathtaking mountain vistas, to quaint mountain towns.
Greenhorn Valley Summer Playhouse
Only 10 miles from the campground, you can enjoy an evening nestled in the mountains watching presentations like "The Three Jims," "Bell, Book & Candle," "Caverns of the Jewels" and "A Barrel Full of Pennies." The entertainment schedule runs from April through September. On any summer weekend this 85-seat playhouse bursts at the seams with laughter from within!
The Greenhorn Valley Players also perform here at the campground for our special themed weekends. Join us for a presentation of Ladies of the Mop!
Pikes Peak Region Attractions
Only 45 minutes from the campground, the Pikes Peak area offers many attractions- Pikes Peak and Cog Railway, Flying W Ranch, US Air Force Academy, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Cave of the Winds, Santa's Workshop, Ghost Town, President's Wax Museum, and the US Olympic Training Center.
Royal Gorge Bridge
Drive 45 miles and experience Colorado's own world wonder, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. At 1,053 feet high, the panoramic vistas of the gorge are as awesome as the Grand Canyon. Spanning a quarter mile across the gorge is the world's highest suspension bridge, an engineering feat as inspiring as the Eiffel Tower. Other man-made marvels include the world's longest single-span Aerial Tram and the world's steepest Incline Railway. There's more than 260 acres of rides, shows, and attractions. Come join the fun. More than 20 million visitors have already been enthralled. It's all waiting for you at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
Royal Gorge Route Railroad
This train takes passengers on an unforgettable 24-mile, 2-hour round trip journey into the depths of the Royal Gorge. Passengers experience the famous Hanging Bridge, which clings precariously to the steep granite walls of the Royal Gorge, with the rim towering over 1,000 feet above. This spectacular section of track runs alongside the raging waters of the Arkansas River and is the only way through the Royal Gorge other than negotiating the rapids. Open from mid-May through mid-October.
Great Sand Dunes National Monument
Nestled in southern Colorado, North America's tallest dunes rise over 700 feet high against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The wind shaped dunes glow beneath the rugged backdrop of the mountains. This geologic wonderland, containing 30 square miles of dunes, became a national monument in 1932. With the passage of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Act of 2000, resources now also include alpine lakes and tundra, six peaks over 13,000 feet, ancient spruce and pine forests, large stands of aspen and cottonwood, grasslands, and wetlands -- all habitat for diverse wildlife and Rocky Mountain plant species.
Colorado Gators Alligator Farm
Visit the Colorado Gator Farm and learn about the integrated ecosystem that includes a Tilapia research and breeding facility for over 300 alligators, as well as an animal rescue operation. The farm strives to be a family oriented, recreational, and educational farm making full use of natural resources with an integrated ecosystem that is practical and environment friendly.
Fred Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
This museum, unique to the state of Colorado, is a tribute to American Military Airmanship and is the largest collection of vintage aircraft on the Eastern Range. There are 26 airplanes on display including a B-29 bomber and RV-37. The museum is free of charge and is open seven days a week.
Rosemont and El Pueblo Museums
The grandeur of a bygone era awaits you at Rosemont Museum! Build in 1893, this elegant 37-room mansion was home to the John Thatcher Family. With 85 percent of its original furnishings and decorative arts still intact, this is a Victorian experience few want to miss. Rosemont also contains the McClelland Collection of World Curiosities complete with Lotus shoes, Kiwi birds and an Egyptian mummy.
A property of the Colorado Historical Society, the El Pueblo museum is located at the actual historic site of the trading post built in 1842 north of the Arkansas River. Permanent exhibits chronicle human events in the region from prehistoric times through 1900 when railroads and commercial development helped make Pueblo the major industrial center in Colorado. The Native American's story will examine the lifestyles and cultures of the historic American tribes of the area both prior to and following the arrival of the Spanish in 1540.
Union Avenue Historic District
Famous people from all walks of life came to Pueblo's Union Avenue to gamble, buy saddles, bank and be entertained back in the 1870's. Part of the entertainment was provided in the second floor brothels. These brothels are replaced by art galleries and other less colorful enterprises. Stroll, sightsee, have lunch at an outdoor cafe, and shop where history has left its mark. Visit the brick and stone structures, products of Italian Stonemasons, not seen today replace some of the original wooden buildings.
Historic Arkansas River Walk
Come see Colorado's newest outdoor water attraction. The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk, a part of the newly designated and award-winning Creative Corridor, is a special destination in downtown Pueblo, Colorado. This 26-acre urban waterfront restores the Arkansas River channel to its original location. Pedestrian pathways allow you to stroll around the Riverwalk while bike paths located on the Riverwalk lead you to the beautiful Lake Pueblo, Colorado's most visited reservoir! While there, climb aboard the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk riverboat cruise and enjoy a live narrated tour as boat captains share a charming and captivating story of the Arkansas River and Pueblo, Colorado.Along the Riverwalk, take a minute to enjoy the diverse sculptures, statues, and ceramic murals that enhance the experience of the area. Over 25 bronze animals are embedded in the landscape along the pedestrian path. Stone and bronze fountains, indigenous plants and hand-carved benches create the cultural interest and peaceful tranquility that visitors enjoy.(Guides and Discount Riverboat tickets are available in the office)
A 25 acre bio-park where animals are exhibited in natural settings --300 animals 110 species from throughout the world. There is also a large animal discovery room and children's petting zoo complex. Be sure to take a ride on the vintage hand carved carousel built in 1911. The carousel is one of only 170 all wood, hand carved machines in existence.
Area Golf Courses
If a game of golf is a part of your vacation, there are four top-notch courses within a 35-mile radius of the campground.
Hollydot Golf Course, Colorado City is five minutes from the campground at the base of the Greenhorn Peak, offers a variety of terrain in 3 nine-hole courses. The East course is an open-meadows course, the Links course is a tree-lined, traditional layout, and the West course offers tree-lined fairways and tight greens.
City Park Golf Course is 20 minutes away, is one of Colorado's most easily accessible year-round courses with two separate courses at the 27-hole facility. Renowned fairways and greens are immaculately groomed amongst established trees adding beauty and challenge.
Desert Hawk at Pueblo West is 35 minutes from the campground, is a great test of accuracy and length. Views of the Rocky Mountains from Pikes Peak to the Sangre de Cristos are evident from his second longest golf course in Colorado.
Walking Stick Golf Course is 30 minutes away. This Arthur Hills-designed course achieved a four star rating from the 1995 Golf Digest magazine and is regularly ranked as one of the top 5 in value, difficulty and best overall course in Colorado.
Pueblo Creative Corridor
There’s plenty to explore in Pueblo’s Creative Corridor. Art. Music. Dance. Over an easily navigated area, the Corridor is packed with galleries, museums, street sculptures and fountains, cafés and live music—all ready to challenge your imagination and inspire your visit.
The Creative Corridor is focused around the three historic city centers of Pueblo: Downtown Main Street, Union Avenue Historic District and the Mesa Junction. Each retains its uniqueness, while providing an enjoyable stroll from one end to the other. The Creative Corridor is host to numerous programs, festivals and creative events throughout the year.
Downtown/Main Street—Galleries, Song, Music.
In the Downtown Main Street Area, you can’t miss the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, the hub of artistic events in the area, with gallery exhibits, performance series, Buell Children’s Museum (ranked second Best Children’s Museum in the Nation), two dance companies and outdoor performances.
The El Pueblo History Museum, a regional museum of History Colorado, links you to the next district. Here the El Pueblo History Museum produces periodic showings of the Song of Pueblo, a locally performed oratorio, and El Mercado, to bring Pueblo history to life. Founders Plaza hosts an ongoing project that uses sculpture by local artists to commemorate Pueblo’s Founders like Teresita Sandoval and James P. Beckwourth.
Historic Union Avenue—History Meshes with Fun.
Union Avenue Historic District features an abundance of unique galleries, shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. There are plenty of places to stop and find adventures like chocolate basil ice cream, magic tricks, a summer Farmer’s Market, street performers, boat rides and outdoor concerts.. Art and activity interact daily on the the Riverwalk, where you can track the history of Zebulon Pike, play in the beautiful fountains and sip cocktails as the singing gondolier floats past.
As you pass through Union Avenue, look below the bridge and see the 177,000 square feet of artwork painted on the 65-foot-tall Arkansas River Levee—it is considered the largest mural in the world and offers an artistic corridor for Pueblo’s world-class urban kayak course. This iconic art is accessible, inviting and imaginative and sends a visual reminder to Puebloans and visitors alike that our community encourages and values the arts.
Mesa Junction—Quaint and Artistic.
On the south end of the Creative Corridor is Mesa Junction. The Rawlings Library offers cultural, literary and heritage events throughout the year and it is the primary reason that Pueblo was ranked ninth for Book Loving Cities in the Nation in 2011, and 2010 Colorado’s Best Library of the Year. The Rawlings Public Library and Info Zone Museum feature local artist’s exhibits, cultural activities and the best modern architecture in southeastern Colorado. This quaint residential neighborhood is home to many nationally known studio artists, galleries, cafés and book shops. A taste of these include: Cup & Bowl Ceramic Art Studio and Gallery, Broadway Cup ‘n Cork, Books Again, Sculpture @ 222 and Lane’s House of Glass.
First Friday Art Walks every month of the year and Street Beat performances from May to September are just some of the many special activities that abound. Add to that carriage rides, bicycling events, walking tours, poetry readings, street performances and live art demonstrations and we think you may want to stay a bit longer