The Pueblo Greenway is a series of trails that link the sprawling Lake Pueblo with the Pueblo Greenway and Nature Center and the city of Pueblo. Pueblo Reservoir is the centerpiece of Lake Pueblo State Park, and it offers 60 miles of shoreline. In the summer and fall, the reservoir is packed with boaters and anglers, and its swim beach is one of the only stretches of sand along the Front Range.
What Makes It Great
The greenway trail starts at the western edge of the park and roughly follows the shore, leaving at Nature Center Road. From there, it parallels the Arkansas River, with numerous trailheads and drop-out points. For a ride that can reach from a mile to 26 miles, start at the Swim Lake Beach and head south.
When the trail divides, take the left fork and head east along the river. At three miles, you’ll see the Pueblo Greenway and Nature Center and Pueblo Raptor Center.The Raptor Center is known for its rehabilitation of injured birds of prey and is one of the most popular attractions in the nature center. The center also features fishing and kayaking on the Arkansas, horseback riding, and nature viewing.
After another mile, you will cross a bridge. At mile 10, turn left over Runyan Crossing Bridge to join up with the Fountain Creek Trail through the center of Pueblo. After passing under I-25, you’ll be riding to the north alongside Fountain Creek. 13 miles later, you’ll find yourself at the Pueblo Mall, a great place to turn around.
Who is Going to Love It
Residents and visitors will discover this as a perfect way to explore Pueblo, from its premiere state park to its historic downtown, with stops at a nature center that features a raptor rehabilitation program.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Colorado Springs, take I-25 south to Pueblo. Turn west on U.S. Highway 50. Drive seven miles to McCulloch Boulevard. Turn south and drive four miles to Nichols Road. Turn south and drive one mile to the north park entrance.
Trails are open year-round, but you might see some closures if the trails are wet or muddy to minimize damage.
The Nature and Raptor Center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A day pass is $4.