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Cheraw, Co. is loacated in an area that is known for its world famous Rocky Mountain Cantaloupe. Travelers to Cheraw can view the thousands of acres where this succulent fruit is grown.

In addition to its agricultural roots, Cheraw lies along the Mountain Branch of the old Santa Fe Trail. During the 1840s, the trail saw thousands of travelers seeking fortunes in the southwest territories. Bent's Old Fort, located a couple miles to the southeast of Cheraw, was the main source of supplies for settlers between Independence, Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. It also served as the regional hub of the fur trade industry. Around 1847, the U.S. Army used the fort as a staging point for its invasion of Mexican land.

The Cheraw Reservoir is considered one of the premier birding areas in the region. Watchers can expect to see a variety of birds including avocets, willets, long-billed curlews and many others. Also be sure to check out the extraordinary dinosaur tracks found in the Picketwire Canyonlands.

Map: Cheraw

Region: Southeast Regional Information

County: Otero

Proximity to other towns: Located 77 miles from Pueblo, 102.3 miles from Colorado Springs, 9.1 miles from La Junta, 13.6 miles from Sugar City, 15 miles from Rocky Ford, 18.6 miles from Ordway

Population: 211

Elevation: 4130 feet

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