The Community of La Junta

The Historic Home of Otero Junior College

La Junita Logo

Located in the Arkansas Valley, La Junta, Colo. is 60 miles east of Pueblo, Colo. on US Highway 50 (SHOW ME).  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 Junior 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.


Visit La Junta Web Site

Colorado Map

Find La Junta in Colorado.

La Junta Map

Take a look at where OJC is within the community of La Junta.

La Junta History

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.

La Junta Oral History Project

These oral history files were created by students at OJC and they contain interviews recorded with residents of the lower Arkansas River Valley in southeastern Colorado. The interviews are invaluable reflections on how events have transpired over the years to affect the daily lives of the Valleys residents.



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