kids recreation


Organized Sports

Organized sports and kids recreation are important parts of the community of La Junta. Whether it’s a baseball game, a softball game or a basketball game, there is usually a sports event or game to catch. Some of the organized sports events include:

  • Youth Sports Activities
  • Adult Sports Activities
  • La Junta H.S. Tiger’s Games
  • Otero Junior College Rattlers Games

Kids Rodeo

Another form of kids recreation and great Colorado entertainment is our Kid’s Rodeo. With over 50 years in existence old and still going strong, the Rodeo is a fun filled family event and is held at the Kids Rodeo Grounds at the La Junta Industrial Park. The rodeo is open to students from age 5 – 18 and has been the starting point for many participants going on to compete in the little britches rodeo. Numerous world famous professional cowboys and cowgirls got their start at the Kids Rodeo.

Meeting Space

Woodruff Memorial Library

The Woodruff Memorial Library was formally dedicated on April 23, 1997, exactly 76 years to the day since formal opening of a three thousand square foot building on the same site, the first to carry the name of Thomas T. Woodruff.

Through the changes of the past, into the present and as surely into the distant future, Woodruff Memorial Library remains faithful in serving the citizens of La Junta and the surrounding area. T. T. Woodruff’s dedication to providing for the information and literary needs of La Junta lives on in the library that bears his name.

Arts & Entertainment

Fox Theater

La Junta is happy to have a movie theater located in historic downtown for all the movie lovers out there. Visit Fox Theater for more information and showtimes.

Otero Players

The Ed Stafford Theater, home of the Otero Players, is located in the Humanities Building on the Otero Junior College campus. The Otero Players is an independent project of the Otero Junior College Department of Arts and is made up of faculty members, students, college staff, and community volunteers who produce live theatrical events, stage plays, and mediated performances for a variety of venues.

Koshare Dancers

The Koshare Indian Dancers are the members of Boy Scout Troop 232 and Venturing Crew 2230 of the Rocky Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America. The Koshares perform between 50 and 60 shows a year. Their dances and shows are recognized by Native American dancers as authentic representations of Native American dance; both historically and culturally accurate.

In addition to their Summer and Winter Ceremonials and other shows at home, the Koshare Indian Dancers are available for performances anywhere in the world. The Koshares have delighted audiences from Alaska to Mexico and California to New York. Museum admission is included in the show ticket, so come early to tour the museum exhibits, shop in the trading post, view auction items or enjoy the atmosphere in the Koshare Kiva.

Arkansas Valley Community Concert Association 

During our 67 years, the Arkansas Valley Community Concert Association concerts have included various brass quintets, various dance groups, several Air Force groups, George Shearing Duo, Serendipity Singers, North Swedish Festival chorus, Peanuts Hucko jazz quintet among several jazz groups, Black Mountain Male Chorus of Wales, and the Moscow Boys Choris, among others. The selection committee tries to select a season of concerts which provides a variety of artists, spread throughout the year (during the time that the performers are available to our geographical area), and that are within the constraints of the budget.

Picketwire Theater

La Junta has a special affection for the performing arts and the Picketwire Theater proves that. Utilizing local stone quarried from nearby locations the WPA built this historical theater during the height of the depression. The theater has been serving the community of La Junta and the surrounding area for more than 60 years. Special concerts and theater productions are performed here throughout the year, and the Picketwire Players, a local community group, call the theater home.



The La Junta Municipal Golf Course was built between 1943 and 1945 for pilot training officers of the army air base. In 1948, the course became part of the city of La Junta. La Junta Golf Club offers nine competitive holes featuring bent grass greens and blue grass fairways.

La Junta Parks and Playgrounds

For more information on kids recreation such as parks, sports fields, and our town swimming pool please see City of La Junta Parks and Recreation.

  • La Junta City Park located at 12th & Colorado
  • College Overlook Park located at 16th & San Juan Ave.
  • C.L. Red Crane Tot Park located at  12 & Bradish
  • Edison Park located at 8th & Edison
  • King Arroyo Mini-Park located at 2nd & Lewis
  • Potter Park located at 5th & Grant
  • Xeriscape Park, located at 5th & Adams
  • Santa Fe Plaza located at 1st & Santa Fe
  • La Junta Municipal Swimming Pool

Sports Complex and Ball Fields

Big Potter Field located at 5th & Grant
Little Potter Field located at 5th & Potter
Prairie view Field located at 200 Burshears
Sports & Rec Complex located at  22nd & Bradish
Tiger Field located at 22nd Street Complex
Tippy Martinez located at 16th & San Juan
Veteran’s Park located at 5th & Adams

Festivals & Events

Colorado entertainment would not be complete without our community local events. There is quite a lot to do in La Junta. In fact, there’s something for everybody with a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities in La Junta and the surrounding communities. Visit our La Junta Community Calendar for current listings.

The community offers special events throughout the year including but not limited to:

  • 4th of July Water Parade
  • Chuck-wagon Cook-off
  • Early Settler’s Day
  • La Junta Kids Rodeo
  • Wake Up La Junta Breakfasts
  • Arkansas Valley Fair (Rocky Ford)

Retirement Communities

Casa del Sol Retirement Community

Casa del Sol is an independent living retirement community located in the peaceful Arkansas Valley at the edge of La Junta, CO. This area offers a moderate climate and over 300 days of sunshine each year. We provide a retirement lifestyle which offers independence and companionship in a beautiful setting, without the worries of maintaining a home. The campus consists of six eight-plexes, five duplexes, an activities center, and a workshop. This facility is available to adults 55 years of age and older.

If you are interested in starting, relocating, or growing your business in La Junta, Colorado, please contact us today.