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A special Fatherís Day in Pueblo
Photo courtesy: Fatherís Day Quotes Facebook

By Joshua Pilkington

Outdoor options are in full bloom for Fatherís Day

With so many options for recreation and another round of Colorado sunshine set for this weekend, getting out for Fatherís Day appears to be the order of the weekend. Pueblo abounds with options for its dads from zoos to hikes, raptors and live music there are plenty of sights and sounds to take in this weekend while we celebrate dad.

Pueblo Zoo

The Pueblo Zoo knows how dads and grandpas can entertain both their kids and themselves. With that in mind they are offering free admission to both fathers and grandfathers over Fatherís Day weekend, the only ticket they need is their children or grandchildren by their side.

Open all year, the zoo remains a great destination for kids and adults. Colorful habitats, gardens and exhibits make up the landscape while the zoo itself is home to more than 500 animals and 125 species including lions, otters and penguins. Pueblo Zoo contains themed landscapes like the Serengeti Safari, North American Grasslands, the Australian Outback and an Asian Adventure to give guests a feel for the animalsí natural habitats. Children also may enjoy meeting farm animals in the Pioneer Ranch and watching northern river otters playfully swim underwater.

Located within the City Park grounds on 3544 Nuckolls Ave., Pueblo Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit to plan your Fatherís Day visit. The Fatherís Day discount applies for visits on Saturday and Sunday.

Hike and Learn

With another round of 90 degree temperatures expected this weekend, it may be a good idea to send dad to cooler climates. Pueblo Mountain Park has the perfect solution for Fatherís Day with a guided hike. The Summer Solstice Hike is an early morning saunter with moderate elevation gain through the park just ahead of the official solstice. Led by live-in caretaker and ranger for the Earth Studies program Henry Pounds, the moderate hike is for those in fairly good hiking condition with an affinity for beautiful views of Pueblo and Colorado.

The hike begins at the Horseshoe Lodge at the Mountain Park Environmental Center at 9:00 a.m. The price of registration is $5.00 while admission is free to MPEC members.

To register visit

Bands in the Backyard

If hiking and wild animals arenít for dad, perhaps live music and camping are. With another strong lineup featuring some of the best country music and rock artists in the country, the Bands in the Backyard Music Festival makes its way back to Pueblo this weekend with live music set to begin on Friday.

Sonny Mackenzi will kick off the festival at 4:30 p.m. on Friday along with a lineup that features Farewell Angelina, Kory Brunson, Old Dominion and headliner Billy Currington.

The festivities continue on Saturday with Chris Hawkey at 3:30 p.m., and a Day Two lineup that also features Tim Montana and the Rednecks, Jackson Michelson, Kane Brown and Day Two headliner Thomas Rhett.

Two-day tickets are still available. For those wanting to take in the full festival atmosphere, campsites are available for one drivable vehicle per purchase. Camping gates are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

To purchase tickets and get information on directions and regulations visit

Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo

For some, Fatherís Day may as well be for the birds, so why not take dad to a live, informative discussion on majestic birds of prey at the Raptor Center. The talks feature live hawks, owls, falcons and vultures.

The Nature and Raptor Center has received over 4 million visitors since opening in 1979 and treated over 5,500 birds of prey from 46 Colorado counties and seven other states.

Located at 5200 Nature Center Rd., the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit





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