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LaJunta, Co. - the junction in Spanish - is located on the southeastern plains of Colorado and is a welcome sight to travelers who have crossed the vast great plains.

The most famous local attraction is Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, about nine miles from town. The fort was originally erected in the 1830s by two brothers, Charles and William Bent, and was the only permanent structure for hundreds of miles around. Kit Carson hunted for food for the fort, and other famous Western characters appear in its history.

During World War II La Junta had an Army Air Force Training Base outside town. The airport, located 5 miles north of La Junta, has 77 acres of tarmac and two runways which are still in use. One runway (east-west) is 6,851 feet long and the other is 5,800 feet.

La Junta is also the access point for the Picketwire Unit of the Comanche National Grasslands, a great place for prairie hiking and bird-watching. It also has an awesome set of dinosaur tracks worth following.

Map: La Junta

Region: Southeast Regional Information

County: Otero

Proximity to other towns: Located 76.3 miles from Pueblo, 9.1 miles from Cheraw, 12.9 miles from Rocky Ford, 19.1 miles from Sugar City, 21.9 miles from Ordway, 22.9 miles from Las Animas

Population: 7,242

Elevation: 4066 feet

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