You might think snow and skiing when you think of Colorado, but Pueblo is not exactly that kind of place. This small city located about 45 minutes from Colorado Springs is a hot, sunny place that gets very little snow.
The Arkansas River runs right through Pueblo, so you kind of get a taste of waterfront living here. Residents fish, kayak, water ski and even surf on the river. The Riverwalk, in the historic district of Union Avenue, is a strip of cafes, restaurants and shops along the river. The Riverwalk is the center of the Creative Corridor, which runs through the three historic city centers of Pueblo: Downtown Main Street, Union Avenue Historic District and the Mesa Junction. This is where you’ll find art galleries, street sculptures, live music and street performers.
Living in Pueblo is affordable. The median sales price of homes is $175,000 and median rent per month is $1,050. If you’re not afraid of a fixer-upper you can actually buy a house for under $100,000 here. Pueblo is nicknamed “Steel City” because it’s one of the largest steel-producing cities in the U.S.
As the name might suggest, Pueblo has a large Mexican influence, and 50 percent of residents claim some sort of Hispanic or Latino ancestry. So if you’re planning on moving here, you better like spicy Mexican food, especially green chile. Pueblo is very proud of its homegrown green chile, and in the fall, the Loaf N’ Jug Chiles and Frijoles Festival, the town’s biggest event, celebrates the chile harvest and Pueblo’s Hispanic heritage. Thousands of people show up to enjoy live entertainment, chile roasting, a jalapeno eating contest and street vendors.
Aside from chiles, Pueblo residents are also passionate about high school football, Colorado State University-Pueblo football and the Colorado State Fair, the largest event in the state. For nearly two weeks, people from around Colorado come to Pueblo for the fair’s carnivals, livestock shows, rodeos and concerts. It has been an annual tradition since 1872.
If natural beauty is what you crave, Liberty Point offers spectacular mountain views; bring your camera during sunset. You might even catch sight of pronghorn antelope and birds of prey. Head to Lake Pueblo State Park for fishing and camping.