302 N. Santa Fe Ave. Pueblo, CO 81003-4102

Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center


Tourist Attractions Non-Profit


hikers by a pond

Discovery awaits!

Make memories that will last a lifetime at the Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center. We have two campuses where you can explore the local flora and fauna: the River Campus in Pueblo, and the Mountain Campus in Beulah. The NWDC operates under permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Our mission is to promote environmental stewardship and community health through nature education, wildlife rehabilitation, and outdoor recreation. Our campuses are open to the public at no cost, and we provide scholarships to ensure our summer camps are accessible to all. 

The River Campusriver campus

The River Campus is located on the banks of the Arkansas River. It is an oasis within the city of Pueblo where you can hike, cast your line, bike the smoothly paved American Bicycle Trail System, or meet our resident birds of prey at the Raptor Center. We also have rentable facilities available for weddings, reunions, parties, baby showers, community events, and educational programs.

The Raptor Center

Our Raptor Center is located within the NWDC River Campus. Here, we rehabilitate injured, ill, and orphaned birds of prey so they can be released back into the wild. We have sixteen resident raptors and rehabilitate over 300 birds every year. Twice a month on the weekend, we offer public, guided raptor toursWe also offer educational programs for all ages, both on-site and off-site. 

The Mountain CampusPueblo Mountain Park

The Mountain Campus is located west of Pueblo in the town of Beulah. Here, you can hike historic trails through 611 acres of beautiful ponderosa pines and wildflowers. Our Mountain Campus includes the Pueblo Mountain Park, the Horseshoe Lodge & Retreat Center, a WPA-era pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater, and a low-ropes challenge course. This campus is ideal for group retreats, weddings, family reunions, weekend getaways, and overnight camping for school groups, or scout troops.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: To find out about fire restrictions and fire bans at our Mountain Campus in Beulah, contact our Maintenance Director at 719-744-9751. Please help us prevent forest fires by adhering to any and all regulations put in place by the Beulah Fire Protection and Ambulance District and the Pueblo Fire Department.

Commitment to Inclusivity

The Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center to welcomes ALL individuals as visitors, participants, and employees. We do not discriminate with regard to race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, belief, creed, nationality, ethnicity, disability, or age.
Age-specific activities for children are designed to meet the specific social, emotional, physical, and developmental needs of children. Upon request, similar activities may be offered to meet the needs of other age groups as skill-level, staffing, and scheduling permit.
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