For as long as visitors have traveled to Pueblo West, it has been best known for its wide variety of outdoor activities.
The southern boundary of Pueblo West is bordered by Lake Pueblo State Park, which, upon opening in 1975, quickly became one of the prime recreation destinations in Colorado. Known widely by sun-lovers and water-sports enthusiasts for its 4,646 surface acre reservoir, the park also offers 400 campsites spread throughout its 9,600-acre park. The park offers two full-service marinas, two boat ramps for easy boating access, prime fishing waters, plenty of camping with or without electrical hook-ups, a swim beach with a five-story waterslide, a Visitor’s Center with fun displays and gift shop, as well as hundreds of picnic tables.
Pueblo West itself features a wide variety of outdoor activities. Approximately 4,600 acres have been reserved for equestrian trails, neighborhood parks, playgrounds and open greenbelt areas. Based upon current land utilization studies, the natural terrain of Pueblo West will accommodate about 65 miles of equestrian trails.
Lovell Park, located at 362 Hahns Peak Avenue is the main community park, and encompasses 21 acres.
Dedicated in 1976 and named for one of the early community leaders, the park has a developed playground located between the park and the Pueblo West Elementary School, a heated outdoor swimming pool, three ball fields (softball, baseball), three soccer fields, a basketball court, horseshoe pits, a covered pavilion area with a stage (which may be rented), restroom facilities and a parking area. In the park you will find the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office which is open Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Pixie Park is a playground park that was completed in 1977. Located at 355 E. Byrd Drive, it has an area of 6.7 acres, with picnic areas, a drinking fountain and upgraded playground equipment.
Golden Guardian Cultural Park, located at 230 S. McCullough Boulevard, has an area of 12 acres. This area, sponsored by the Pueblo West Business Association and the many businesses and citizens of Pueblo West, was dedicated in 1990 for the purpose of craft and art shows, tourist attractions and for the enjoyment of the residents in Pueblo West. The landscaping includes a fountain, benches, greenery, and a lighted area for the flagpoles and the bronze eagle sculpture, which represents the Pueblo West Motto of, “Where Eagles Soar.”
The newest attraction in Pueblo West is “Cattail Crossing.” “Cattail Crossing” Fishing Pond is a District owned pond open to youth age 15 and under and to persons with mobility impairments. Fishing hours are 6:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. daily. Cattail is stocked with cold water trout by the Colorado Department of Wildlife.
The Pueblo West Parks and Recreation has developed several facilities over the years to fit the needs of the residents. The Recreation building located at 230 E. George Drive has an area of 1.75 acres, and includes a meeting room (60 capacity), kitchen and restrooms, a basketball court south of the building, and a landscaped area for family picnics. The facility is used for some special events, group gatherings, and is also rented out to the public seven days a week when available.
The Pueblo West Parks and Recreation offers the community a wide variety of programs, ranging from youth and adult sports, summer programs, to educational classes for all ages. Some of the more popular classes are dance, swimming lessons, children’s art camp, and tennis lessons.
Desert Hawk Golf Course is a top attraction for the public, and provides a challenging 18-hole course for amateur and skilled players alike. Other features include driving range, pro-shop, restaurant and bar.