La Junta

58°F
Current Population
6,747
Elevation Level
4077 ft

About La Junta

La Junta is in southeastern Colorado, located on the Arkansas River. Previously, La Junta was where the Santa Fe Trail branched south to New Mexico. Today it is known as the “Smile Hi” City and is considered one of the best kept secrets.  

Residents and visitors can enjoy the national historic site, Bent's Old Fort, with a living history program. La Junta offers access to the Comanche National Grasslands for prairie hiking and birdwatching. Additionally, it is home to the La Junta Municipal Airport, city parks, museums, and golf courses. La Junta has it all, proving it is more than a small town with a beautiful backdrop.

Explore La Junta

Entertainment & Culture

  • Otero Museum highlights La Junta’s western heritage and gives visitors a glimpse back in time.  

  • Bent's Old Fort is a part of the National Park Service, featuring a reconstructed 1840’s adobe fur trading post. 

  •  La Junta Municipal Golf Course has a friendly atmosphere and is home to many tournaments throughout the year.  

  • Otero Junior College is a 2 year school, located on a 40-acre campus offering many associates degrees and programs. 

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About the Community

La Junta Intermediate School

Summary
  • District East Otero School District No. R1
  • Phone (719) 384-9151
  • Address 901 SMITHLAND AVE
  • County Otero County
  • Grade 03 - 06
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program Yes
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct -10% to -15%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 430
  • Student Teacher Ratio 14

La Junta Jr/sr High School

Summary
  • District East Otero School District No. R1
  • Phone (719) 384-4467
  • Address 1817 SMITHLAND AVE
  • County Otero County
  • Grade 07 - 12
  • Instructional Level Middle School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement Yes
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program Yes
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct -5% to -10%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 600
  • Student Teacher Ratio 17

La Junta Primary School

Summary
  • District East Otero School District No. R1
  • Phone (719) 384-2991
  • Address 601 TOPEKA AVE
  • County Otero County
  • Grade KN - 02
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct -1% to -5%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 330
  • Student Teacher Ratio 16

Swink Elementary School

Summary
  • District Swink School District No. 33
  • Phone (719) 384-8103
  • Address 610 COLUMBIA AVE
  • County Otero County
  • Grade PK - 12
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten Yes
  • Kindergarten Yes
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct -20% to -50%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 300
  • Student Teacher Ratio 12

Swink Junior-senior High School

Summary
  • District Swink School District No. 33
  • Phone (719) 384-8103
  • Address 610 COLUMBIA AVE
  • County Otero County
  • Grade 07 - 12
  • Instructional Level Middle School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement Yes
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program Yes
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct +5% to +10%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 180
  • Student Teacher Ratio 12

Population, Weather and Economics

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Population

Population Details
  • Population 6,747
  • Population 5 Yr Projection 6,948
Households
  • Total Households 2,774
  • Households 5 Yr Projection 2,860
  • Average Size of Household 2.00
  • Households With Children 834

Climate & Weather

Summary
  • Annual Precip In 11.72
  • Avg Jan Low Temp 15.30
  • Avg Jul Low Temp 62.40
  • Avg Jan High Temp 43.90
  • Avg Jul High Temp 93.80
Indexes
  • Ozone Index 123
  • Air Pollution Index 121
  • Earthquake Index 46
  • Hail Index 195
  • Tornado Index 50
  • Wind Index 158

Economics

  • Housing Median Built Yr 1963
  • Maintenance and Insurance Cost 73
  • Health Care Cost 79
  • Transportation Cost 68