San Isabel Area - South Central Colorado

Includes Beulah, Lake San Isabel, Rye

 

Beulah and the San Isabel Area, located in South Central Colorado, fit snug on the valley floor, in the foothills below the picturesque Wet Mountains. Local legend claims that this secluded valley became the favored hideout of a horse thief, Juan Mace. Located 25 miles southwest of Pueblo, this area is at an elevation of 6,500 feet. The San Isabel National Forest, an ideal place for picnicking, fishing and hiking, surrounds the area. The area is also home to Lake San Isabel, which is open year round and is stocked by the Colorado State Department of Wildlife.

Lake San Isabel, CO, Colorado Vacation Directory
Lake San Isabel, CO, Colorado Vacation Directory
 

Recreation in the surrounding San Isabel Forest includes numerous trails for summer hiking and biking that are ideal for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. A trip up nearby Greenhorn Mountain, at 12,500 ft., offers a splendid view of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Another treasure hidden in the Wet Mountains is Bishop's Castle, built by Jim Bishop. The huge stone and iron castle, complete with a smoking dragon, is an intriguing side trip to the small town of nearby Rye.

Bishop Castle, San Isabel, CO, Colorado Vacation Directory
 

Other area attractions include all the amenities of nearby Pueblo, such as the Colorado State Fair held there every August. The Arkansas River and Pueblo Reservoir offer everything for those who enjoy water sports, from fishing and sailing, to whitewater rafting and kayaking. Within 30 minutes of Beulah are golf courses and the Monarch Ski Area is two hours away, near the Continental Divide.

Beulah also hosts a variety of unique annual events. Arts and crafts shows, a 10K run, Yule Log Hunt, the "Beulahfest" and other small town celebrations will make your visit here memorable.

Also be sure to travel the new Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway that connects Rye/San Isabel, Westcliffe and Colorado City/Pueblo via Colorado Highways 165 and 96.

San Isabel Area is near: Pueblo, Royal Gorge Area & Westcliffe

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Premium San Isabel Area Businesses

Bishop Castle & Castle Keepsakes Gift Shop  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
ALWAYS OPEN - ALWAYS FREE! One of the most genuine WONDERS of our contemporary World. Built entirely by ONE MAN. The Unique gift shop has Bishop Castle momentos and hard to find gifts.

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Featured San Isabel Area Businesses

3R Ranch Lodge  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A remote retreat with rustic cabins near Lake Isabel and Rye, southwest of Pueblo, CO (Trophy Hunting Unit 84). The Lodge is a B&B with hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and hunting.

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Bishop Castle & Castle Keepsakes Gift Shop  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
ALWAYS OPEN - ALWAYS FREE! One of the most genuine WONDERS of our contemporary World. Built entirely by ONE MAN. The Unique gift shop has Bishop Castle momentos and hard to find gifts.

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Pine Lodge  link to Colorado vacation
Walk to beautiful Lake Isabel in scenic San Isabel National Forest. Sit back and relax in our cozy mountain cabins at Pine Lodge. Attractions: mountain gazing, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, relaxing.

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Pines of Beulah  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Four mountain cabins nestled in ponderosa pines near San Isabel National Forest and Middle Creek with fully equipped kitchens, HDTV with cable and DVD player, and Free WI-FI. Treehouse for the kids.

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Table Mountain Lodge  link to Colorado vacation
Vacation home in Greenhorn Valley, a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts, 1 mile off Hwy 165 near Rye. Year round fun without the crowds of Colorado's resort towns. Built for WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY.

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San Isabel Area Activities and Maps

Scenic Byways:
Frontier Pathway Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Hiking Trails:
Greenhorn Mountain Road Mountain Bike Trails

Snowmobiling:
San Isabel Area Snowmobile Trails


 
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