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Otero County

Otero County

Interested in learning more about Southern Colorado real estate and Otero County real estate? You’ve come to the right place! Otero County’s population is about 20,000 and Rocky Ford and La Junta (county seat) are the largest cities.

Otero County Highlights

  • Otero Museum documents and illustrates the history of Otero County in southeastern Colorado. It features a variety of historical artifacts, including a railroad collection.
  • Otero Arts Festival showcases creative writing, sculptures, pottery, paintings, drawings and other works created by middle and high school students from southeast Colorado.
  • Old Fashioned July 4 celebrates independence day in 1840’s style with a parade, games, cannon firings and refreshments in La Junta.
  • Bent’s Old Fort features a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade. You can get guided tours, demonstrations and attend special events.
  • Comanche National Grassland includes 443,764 acres of range lands and 300 different species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. View the history of the region in the exposed rock layers of prehistoric sea beds and ancient lake shores with dinosaur tracks.
  • Koshare Museum showcases an impressive collection of Native American and Western arts and artifacts.
  • Otero Junior College is a two-year college offering 56 academic programs located on a 40-acre campus in La Junta.
  • Arkansas Valley Fair celebrates Rocky Ford’s well-known produce with horse races, stock shows, a carnival and rodeo, fiesta and Watermelon Days.
  • The Rocky Ford Museum takes a broad look at the area’s history from 1878 to now, including its geology, archaeology, ethnology, industries, as well as everyday life.

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