The working Chico Basin Ranch southeast of Colorado Springs has country music concerts to benefit its education program. Visitors can arrive early, find a spot to camp and explore the dusty prairie life with its cowboys, cattle, horses, pronghorn and more. Then settle in for music, food and a late-night jam session around the campfire, 22500 Peyton Highway S., Peyton, 683-7960, chicobasinranch.com.
Along the way
Stay: The Rusted Poppy Inn Bed and Breakfast offers space in a restored Victorian home, 130 W. Orman Ave., Pueblo, 719-544-1350, therustedpoppyinn.com.
Eat: DC's On B Street is often described as Pueblo's secret favorite, 115 W. B St., Pueblo, 719-584-3410, dcsonbstreet.1wp.com.
Drink: Equal parts Irish pub, craft brewery and restaurant, Shamrock Brewing Co. is a popular watering hole, 108 W. Third St., Pueblo, 719-542-9974, shamrockbrewing.com.
Fun: Stroll along the mile-long Pueblo Riverwalk through downtown and check out some of the city's best restaurants and festivals, 101 S. Union Ave.
Hidden gem: Stop by the Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center in Pueblo for bird watching, wildlife viewing and a walk along the Arkansas River, 5200 Nature Center Road, Pueblo, 719-549-2414, natureandraptor.org.