La Junta KOA Events
Local Area Events
Arkansas Valley Fair
Arkansas Valley fair is entertainment for the whole family! Every day events include entertainment pavilion, arts, crops, food and needlework exhibits. There are concession and craft vendor as well as evening dances and carnival!
Each day has a different theme such as: Silver Day, Kid's Day, Parade Day and Watermelon Day! Check out the Demolition Derby!
Great Tarantula Migration!
Each year – in the fall – tarantulas appear en masse in the Comanche National Grassland in Southeast Colorado, just south of La Junta. Yes, tarantulas - thousands of them! The large, hairy spiders and all species found in Colorado are generally dark brown to black. The spiders, which are of the Oklahoma brown variety, are common in Southeast Colorado because the females like to make their burrows in undisturbed prairie rangeland. Those females then stick close to their burrows for the entirety of lives, which can be 25 years long. The male tarantulas — when they reach about 8 years old — gang up in groups and set out, using their senses of touch and vibration to locate the females.For species that are present in Southeast Colorado, the migration of the adult males take place from late August through September (into early October) and it is at this time of the season when Colorado tarantulas are most often observed. Viewing Tips
Contact the Comanche National Grassland Resource Office for ideal viewing locations in and around La Junta at (719) 384-2811 or email@example.com for additional information.
30th Arkansas Valley Balloon Festival
The 30th Arkansas Valley Balloon Festival in Rocky Ford Colorado. Be sure to mark your calendars and check back for details as time gets closer. You can watch them set up, walk around, learn and visit. Just watch for the ropes, do not step over the ropes, and don't walk on the fabric of the balloon. Please be safe. Take pictures and have fun!
Balloon glow at 7:00 pm on Friday night, November 2nd, 2018.
The launch site for the hot air balloons on Saturday & Sunday, November 3-4, 2018 is 29625 Industrial Park Road, Rocky Ford, CO. From Second Street in Rocky Ford take Hwy 202 (Patterson Valley Road) West to Industrial Park Road. There will be signs pointing the way! Launch time is sunrise both days, about 6:25 a.m.
If you are a pilot interested in attending, send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bent's Old Fort Traditional Holiday Celebration
Witness the holiday pleasures and pastimes of the 1840s at an isolated trading post. Period games, foods, and festivities will enliven the fort. On Saturday there will be toy making in the shops, wagon rides, pinata breaks, yule log hunt, period games, frontier cooking, and blacksmithing. Candle light tours and Saturday daytime activities are available for your enjoyment.
Santa Fe Trail Day
Looking for something fun to do with the entire family? Come to Las Animas for the 83rd annual Santa Fe Trail Day events and the Boggsville tractor show!Costume contest, parade, May Day breakfast, Ranch Burger lunch, FFA plant sale, engine blow, golf tournament, chili dinner, Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry dinner, art show, antique tractor show & pull, wheel chair basketball, Huck Finn fishing derby, community concert, square dancing competition, and the Family Fun Entertainment event boasts a bouncy house, joust house, Velcro climbing wall, miniature train rides, slip and slide. Many vendors will be present selling refreshments, chair massages, jewelry, T-shirts, personalized items, rock climbing wall, face painting and much more!