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“Surprised visit! This was neat!”

Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo
Ranked #10 of 35 things to do in Pueblo
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo is a member-supported, non-profit organization. Our beautiful setting along the Arkansas River features a variety of facilities and picnic areas, where we also offer educational nature programs for all ages. Bike, walk, or blade along our paved riverside trails, cast your line on the scenic fishing deck, or visit our resident birds of prey at the Raptor Center (open from 11 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday through Sunday). For an up-close raptor encounter, come to one of our free bird of prey presentations at 11:30 AM every Saturday and Sunday!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Ohio, USA
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Surprised visit! This was neat!”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Not a very large place, but the birds of prey on display were hard to beat. Close up viewing (a few feet) through screened hardware cloth made viewing enjoyable. Don't miss this place...a must see. And it's FREE!

Visited September 2012
Thank PaulandCheryl
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51 reviews from our community

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English first
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Good inexpensive outing”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

On vacation in Colo Springs and went to Pueblo looking for something to do. Decided it was too hot for the zoo so we ended up at the Nature & Raptor center. The Raptor center was small but interesting. Among other things they had some eagles and owls either permanently injured or being rehabbed. We went during the week so there was nothing special going on and no one around to "educate" us. It took us about 10 minutes to walk through and look so we headed down to the nature center. There was a play ground and a pavillion. The pavillion was being used and my kids are too old for the playground so the only thing left to do was eat at the grill. Coyote Grill was okay. Burgers are probably the best deal on their menu and their curly fries are not fries but they're good. They're homemade curly chips. It was too hot to head down the nature trail so after lunch we left. Maybe during cooler weather there would have been more to do and it would have been more fun but for the most part, it was just a 10 minute raptor viewing and a place to eat. Raptor center was free (donations) and it was $3 to park at the nature center so, not a waste of money to check it out.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank dissappointedtexan
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Clovis, New Mexico
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Raptor Facility makes it worth it”
Reviewed April 30, 2012

You drive up to the Raptor Facility first. It's free, simple, and has some beautiful specimens. We did not attend one of their weekend shows, but they do educational presentations on the birds. A volunteer helped us to find some of the birds that were hiding as well as tell us some of the personality quirks of the birds. They are birds that cannot be released to the wild.

After that, my husband and I were not very impressed with the Nature Center. It was basically a park area with a trail and a restaurant. The memorial garden is still being set up for the spring. We didn't learn of any of the activities for the weekend until I saw a flyer in the bathroom as we were leaving. The information center/gift shop workers didn't greet us or inform us.

Visited April 2012
1 Thank Laura J
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Pueblo, Colorado USA
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Best kept secret”
Reviewed April 7, 2012

Wonderful place for walking, running or rding along the Arkansas River.

Visited July 2011
1 Thank MicciPueblo
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Relax, bike, fish, bird watch, walk, play...”
Reviewed August 5, 2011

The Nature Center is a gem..there is so much happening there. Besides the restaurant, there's a playground for kids, paved trails to bike or walk on, a deck for fishing, and picnic benches all situated next to the river. It's a great place to be!
The Raptor Center is equally interesting. Kids will love spotting the birds in the outdoor area. A friendly guide told us about each bird and why it was rescued.

Visited July 2011
2 Thank mb_explore
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