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Hatchet Ranch is located 20 miles south of Pueblo, Colorado. Pueblo is part of Pueblo County which has a population of 157,000 people. A quiet town once dominated by ranching, agriculture and a major steel mill, Pueblo has evolved into a vibrant city with many community events that reflect its cultural diversity. It is home to annual events such as the Colorado State Fair; the Chile & Frijole Festival; Boats, Bands & Barbecue regional competition; the NSRA Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals; and the National Little Britches Finals Rodeo. Pueblo also boasts the highest number of Medal of Honor recipients in the country. The Pueblo campus of Colorado State University supports many events for school children, including an educational children's water festival, a summer children's music camp and the Destination Imagination regional competition.
Recently, international organizations have made Pueblo their home. Reflecting some of the region and state's heritage, PBR, Professional Bull Riders, Inc., has moved their headquarters to Pueblo. 800+ cowboys, from as close as Canada to as far away as Brazil and Australia, hold a PBR membership. These cowboys compete in international competitions in tests of man versus beast - in order to join the ranks of the toughest of the tough.
In addition, Vestas Wind Systems, a Danish manufacturer, seller, installer and servicer of wind turbines has built the world's largest wind tower plant in Pueblo. Vestas now has wind turbines in 65 countries on five continents and continues to grow as the world looks for alternative sources of energy.
The downtown area boasts a revitalization that includes the 26-acre Historic Arkansas Riverwalk project, numerous art galleries and museums. The Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center offers a great variety of arts programs and services to the people of Pueblo and southern Colorado. In addition to numerous galleries, two theaters, gift shops and a restaurant, the Center offers over 100 fine arts, dance and leisure classes every quarter to everyone from children to adults of all skill levels. Recently, Child Magazine ranked the Center's Buell Children's Museum as the second best children's art museum in the nation. Also located in the downtown area, the El Pueblo History Museum serves as an educational gathering place focused on the history and traditions of the various cultural and ethnic groups of Pueblo. Another recent addition to the downtown skyline, the Rawlings Library, designed by world-renowned architect Antoine Predock, offers big screen viewings of international films, storytelling and discussions of all sorts including those about medicinal herbs, Native American activism and Cosmic Forces and Mayan Spirituality (the latter presented by a Mayan elder who is helping mankind prepare the 'path of light' of 2012).
Fans of the outdoors enjoy Pueblo's proximity to mountain climbing, snow skiing and the Pueblo Reservoir and State Park. The Reservoir, with its 60 miles of shoreline, attracts boaters, water skiers and campers from all over the United States. Water enthusiasts also enjoy Pueblo's state-of-the-art, eight-drop Whitewater Park and Kayak Course, which runs along the Arkansas River through the downtown area. The Pueblo Trail System, along the Arkansas River and the Fountain Creek, is available for bicycling and other outdoor activities. Pueblo Mountain Park, thirty miles west of Pueblo, is home to the Mountain Park Environmental Center, which hosts yearlong community and children's educational activities.
Pueblo is a very family-oriented, friendly locale, and with 300 days of sunshine a year, ex-Colorado Governor Owens calls Pueblo "Colorado's best kept secret."