Introduction to La Junta, 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.