Pueblo Whitewater Park

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Summary

The Arkansas River is part of Pueblo’s downtown identity, and the Whitewater Park is located in downtown, within walking distance of shops and restaurants in the Historic Downtown District. The park features eight drops over a half-mile stretch.

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Deb Acord

Distance

0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

42.0 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1 hour or more

Seasonality

Summer

Dog Friendly

No

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

The Arkansas River is part of Pueblo’s downtown identity, and the Whitewater Park is located in downtown, within walking distance of shops and restaurants in the Historic Downtown District. The park features eight drops over a half-mile stretch. The water can range from tame in early spring and late fall, to exciting with some impressive wave action in the summer. 

What Makes It Great

The south bank of the park holds the world’s largest mural; construction work on the nearly century-old concrete levee is taking out much of the artwork.

Pueblo is a growing city located at the confluence of Fountain Creek and the Arkansas River, and is a multi-racial community with a well-established Hispanic community that makes up more than 40 percent of the population.

Visitors and locals know it for its mild temperatures, abundant sunshine, and cuisine that is big on chiles (grown in the sandy soil on farms to the east). After a long day on the water, Pueblo’s “official” dish, the green chili slopper, is a perfect reward.  It’s a burger topped with raw onions and a generous scoop of spicy green chili, served in a bowl and eaten with a spoon.

Who is Going to Love It

This park is beloved by water addicts – you’ll see kayaks, boogie boards, body surfing, surfing and tubing here. At pool three, there’s a calm area where locals go to swim, and a paved bike trail runs along the park’s north side. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Colorado Springs, take I-25 south to Pueblo. Take exit 99A and continue on E. Sixth Street. Take W. Fourth Street to Chapa Place. The Whitewater Park is at Chapa Place and Pearl Street. Takeout for the park is on Union Avenue, and there’s also a parking lot on the south side of the Main Street Bridge (on the left). Kayakers can also park on Corona Street and walk to the river.

Paddlers should scout chutes before they use them; off -water, stay on established trails and rocks.

Helmets and cold-water clothing are strongly recommended; life jackets are required.

Location

Pueblo Whitewater Park

Pueblo, CO,
38.269054, -104.62416

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