Introduction to La Junta, Colorado

Located in Otero county, La Junta, Colorado, is 60 miles E of Pueblo, Colorado (center to center) and 90 miles SE of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

La Junta History

The name "La Junta" is a Spanish word meaning "the meeting city"; the community was so named because of its existence as a railroad junction. During World War II, the city had an Army Air Force Training Base located just outside its boundary. La Junta was officially incorporated into the state in 1881. Among the notable residents of the city are writer Ken Kesey and founder of the Koshare Indian Dancers J. F. Burshears.

La Junta and nearby Attractions

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
  • John Martin Reservoir
  • Koshare Indian Museum
  • La Junta/ Woodruff Memorial Library

Things To Do In La Junta

The city of La Junta offers many recreational opportunities. The Otero Junior College features the Koshare Indian Museum, which has a large collection of Native American artifacts. The Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site serves as a supply station as well as a resting city for the travelers on Santa Fe Trail. At the John Martin Reservoir, activities such as fishing, camping, and picnicking are available.

La Junta Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Lamar Municipal Airport.

La Junta Higher Education

Higher education is available at the Otero Junior College, Colorado College, and Lamar Community College.


Total Population 7,018
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 17.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,571
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 48.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $38,781
% Above Poverty Level 68.7%
% Below Poverty Level 31.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 31.4%
Median Gross Rent $693
Median House Value $91,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.8%
US/American 0%
English 8.4%
Irish 11.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

La Junta Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 60 miles E of Pueblo, Colorado (center to center)
Nearest Large City 90 miles SE of Colorado Springs, Colorado
County Otero
Standard Zip Codes 81050
Phone Area Codes 719
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.985
Longitude -103.543

La Junta Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LA JUNTA 4 NNE
Distance 4.5 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 44 F
Apr Temp 36 to 68 F
Jul Temp 62 to 94 F
Oct Temp 38 to 71 F
Annual Precip 11.7 inches
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 46 F
Apr Temp 35 to 70 F
Jul Temp 60 to 94 F
Oct Temp 36 to 73 F
Annual Precip 11.8 inches
Station ORDWAY 2 ENE
Distance 18.6 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 45 F
Apr Temp 33 to 68 F
Jul Temp 59 to 95 F
Oct Temp 34 to 72 F
Annual Precip 11.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, La Junta, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bents Fort (81050)

Bents Old Fort (81050)

Fair View (81050)

Fairmont (81050)

Fort Bent (81050)

North La Junta (81050)

Roberta (81050)

Timber Lake (81050)

Timpas (81050)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cheraw 175 $43,542
Las Animas 1,813 $34,632
Manzanola 445 $39,750
Rocky Ford 3,877 $36,786
Swink 659 $47,857

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

La Junta Public Libraries

La Junta/woodruff Memorial Library
La Junta, Colorado
(719) 384-4612

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La Junta Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(719) 384-5412
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

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