Outdoor experience

Julie Riley ,12, (right) pushes her niece Lizzy Zamora-Riley, 9, and nephew Dominic Lucero ,11, months-old over a footbridge on the HARP Riverwalk as a statue of a bear looms in the foreground. (John Jaques,The Pueblo Chieftain)

Gold: Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (HARP)

101 S. Union Ave., (719) 549-0242

Strolling by the river has never been better at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Pueblo, the 32-acre urban waterfront is an experience in itself. Festivals, community events, farmers markets, restaurants, live music and boutique shops are just some of the sights that make the Riverwalk Pueblo’s favorite place to spend time outdoors. The Arkansas River once was the epicenter of life for natives over a century ago. Now, it is the place to visit for a relaxing and enjoyable stroll, a day by the water or a night on the town. Take a moment to enjoy the beautiful outdoor art sprinkled along the paths of the Riverwalk, dine at a local restaurant, or stop in to one of the many locally owned shops for a chance to find something one-of-a-kind. The Riverwalk is also home to year-round events including Boats, Bands & BBQ, Rollin’ on the Riverwalk and the Holiday Lighting Extravaganza. In sunshine, rain or snow, the Riverwalk always plays host to a variety of family friendly events that remind us why it continues to the Pueblo’s favorite place to enjoy being outside.

Silver: Pueblo Mountain Park/Mountain Park Environmental Center

9112 Mountain Park Road (Beulah), (719) 485-4444

Bronze: Lake Pueblo State Park

640 Pueblo Reservoir Road, (719) 561-9320