Visit La Junta

La Junta, Colorado – the Smile-Hi City – is located along the Arkansas River at what once was the junction of the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail and the Trappers Trail into the mountains and gold camps of Colorado, La Junta, and its heritage are among the best-kept secrets in Colorado.

The name La Junta means “the junction” in Spanish. Native Americans, Spanish explorers, trappers, gold seekers, immigrants and settlers, farmers and ranchers have all contributed something to the colorful mix of cultures that make up present day La Junta.

Koshare Museum, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, Otero Museum, Comanche National Grassland, Picketwire and Vogel Canyons and the Picketwire Theater are all located in or near La Junta.

Additionally, La Junta and the Arkansas Valley are famous for fresh vegetables and melons. Arkansas Valley farmers work hard on their farms all season to grow a wide variety of produce including corn, cantaloupes, watermelon, chili peppers and much more.

Southeast Colorado offers a wide variety of history and tourism opportunities. Hiking, biking trails, museums, bird watching, hunting or discovering the wealth of heritage – La Junta and the entire Southeast Colorado region is a great place to visit.