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Welcome to La Junta, Colorado!

La Junta is located in southeastern Colorado, about 60 miles east of Pueblo. The county seat of Otero County, La Junta has for more than a hundred years formed a junction for commercial, agricultural, and ranching ventures. Before that La Junta was the junction where the Santa Fe Trail branched south to New Mexico, while a lesser route continued west to Pueblo and beyond. The Santa Fe Trail was one of the nation's first great trade routes. La Junta sits on the south bank of the Arkansas River in what is primarily shortgrass prairie country. The mountains for which Colorado is so famous can be seen to the west, but this is rolling prairie land. Farming dominates the landscape in a narrow corridor along the river, while a short excursion north or south of US Highway 50 brings travelers to miles upon miles of grasslands. We are home to a regional medical center and specialty clinics, as well as a number of retirement communities. We have an excellent K-12 school system, and Otero Junior College. The college hosts a number of technical certificate programs, a well-regarded nursing program, and a law enforcement academy. The City hosts a number of light industries and an airport in an industrial park north of town, a railyard, and a downtown business district typical of small western towns.


Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
Koshare Indian Museum

Local Schools

La Junta Primary School
La Junta Intermediate School
La Junta Jr/Sr High School
Rocky Ford School
Swink School
Fowler School
Las Animas School

Regional Schools

Otero Junior College

Additional Links

City of La Junta
La Junta, CO Chamber of Commerce
The Tribune-Democrat (Local Newspaper)

Local Real Estate

DuBois Realty
Norm Murphy & Associates, Inc.


La Junta Statistics
Economic Development
La Junta, Colorado


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