About Rye, CO
Peaceful alpine getaway with easy access to big-city attractions
Rye is a small town steeped in history and brimming with things to do. This charming community is situated in the eastern plains of Colorado, just a hop and a skip away from Pueblo. Sitting just at the foothills of the San Isabel National Forest, Rye has easy access to all of Colorado’s great outdoor activities.
Rye’s history dates back to 1878 when the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway lines built a station in the area. With its history of railroads and farming, Rye was an ideal place for cowboys to come together and socialize. Today, locals and visitors of Rye can explore its past with a visit to the historic train depot or take in a show at the old town hall.
What to Love
- A beautiful location offering panoramic natural views
- Endless outdoor activities right outside your door
- Close to Pueblo and Colorado Springs for big-city amenities
Residents of Rye find the town to be the perfect blend of quiet mountain living with proximity to modern amenities. As an alpine town at the edge of the San Isabel National Forest, locals enjoy an abundance of outdoor activities in the beautifully untouched Colorado wilderness.
Despite being a small town, the residents of Rye love the easy access to Colorado Springs and Pueblo, where one can find world-class dining, high-end shopping, and luxury mountain resorts and spas.
In the neighborhood, locals and tourists enjoy camping among the Sangre de Cristo mountains, hiking the Greenhorn Mountain Trail, and fishing at nearby Lake Isabel. This town is an excellent fit for young couples, individual outdoor enthusiasts, retirees, and anyone seeking to experience Colorado from the quiet and serene mountain foothills.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
For dining, Rye offers something for everyone. From traditional American fare to international flavors, there are plenty of restaurants and eateries in town and close by that serve delicious cuisines. The go-to spot for locals and tourists is Rye Cafe. They serve everyone’s favorite American classics, from an all-American breakfast to wraps, salads, and an extensive pizza menu.
A divinely unique experience, the Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant is more than just your average melting pot. This fine dining establishment in nearby Colorado Springs is nestled next to Pike’s Peak Mountain and offers incredible four-course options and an exclusive wine bar in a refined setting. For a more traditionally upscale evening, around the corner, you’ll find La Taverne at the historic hotel, The Broadmoor. This legendary steakhouse is an excellent option for an unforgettable gourmet experience.
Serving the Colorado Springs community for over 25 years, Chef Joseph Freyre invites guests to immerse themselves in luxurious, elevated dining at Joseph’s Fine Dining. With his Peruvian background and experience in some of the best restaurants around the world, the Chef offers incredible global cuisine, unlike anything you’ve had before.
Things to Do
Rye is perhaps most well-known for its incredible monument, Bishop Castle. Approximately 60 years ago, Tim Bishop started using stone and steel to build his masterpiece entirely on his own as a testament to the beauty of Colorado and good old-fashioned stick-to-itiveness. Today, locals enjoy free entry to the miraculous castle to learn, explore, and become inspired.
Aspen Acres Campground is a great local spot for camping and enjoying Rye’s sprawling scenery. With cabins, showers, backyard games, and even wifi, this campground has everything to keep you comfortable and entertained while basking in the great outdoors
Every year in the summer, tourists and residents flock to the Sonic Bloom Festival
. This EDM-inspired concert and event attracts big-name artists and blends a fun nightlife vibe with daytime events for residents of all ages.