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The Community of La Junta

La Junta LogoThe Historic Home of Otero College

Located in the Arkansas Valley, La Junta, Colo. is 60 miles east of Pueblo, Colo. on US Highway 50. La Junta offers all the amenities of a larger metropolitan area but in a quiet, small town setting.

The city of La Junta is home to Otero College, the world-famous Koshare Museum and Kiva, the Picketwire Playhouse and the Otero Museum. There are numerous community events held throughout the year that celebrate the history and culture of the region.

Area attractions include Bent's Fort National Historic Site, Comanche National Grasslands and Vogel Canyon, and the Santa Fe Trail. La Junta is the heart of southeast Colorado's farming and ranching country. Agriculture is the primary economic driver of the region with two of the nation's largest livestock auction barns located in La Junta. The region is also known for producing Rocky Ford Cantaloupes and watermelons, some of the finest melons grown in the world.

The La Junta area has a rich history that spans thousands of years. The Arkansas River was a natural corridor for prehistoric peoples, nomadic hunters, Spanish conquistadors, trappers, explorers, traders, and pioneers.


  • Colorado Map—Find La Junta in Colorado.
  • La Junta Map—Take a look at where Otero College is within the community of La Junta.


La Junta City Park
The La Junta City Park is just a block away from Otero College.
La Junta Schools
La Junta Middle School.