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Day Trip Destination: Nature & Raptor Center of Pueblo

CSU_The_OvalOne mile west of Pueblo is the Nature and Raptor Center, located in Rock Canyon on the banks of the Arkansas River. A combination of special habitats are included in the center’s educational facilities and there are many activities that are free to the public. The Pueblo River Trail system travels through the facility and offers 27 miles of paved trails for walking and biking. There are also many unpaved trails that people can enjoy walking through the woods or picnicking on the prairie. The raptor facility is a wildlife rehabilitation center that specializes in birds of prey. Injured and orphaned birds of prey are brought to the facility to be cared for and returned to the wild if possible. Some of the birds are too seriously injured to be returned to the wild and they become the resident raptors which live permanently at the facility. These raptors are used in education programs to teach students and the general public about birds and their habitat. Every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am the center offers Raptor Talks, which are free to the public. The staff at the center will tell you about the individual bird’s story and let you get up close to a resident raptor. Raptor talks are a fun way to learn more about birds of prey, and offers you the opportunity to expand your understanding of the animals and habitats around the area.

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