Welcome to the La Junta Chamber of Commerce
Where Business and Community Connect.
The La Junta Chamber of Commerce works as a catalyst for business success, a convener of leaders, and champion for a sustainable thriving community. No matter what the size of business, you need a partner to help drive growth and achieve success. That’s the La Junta Chamber of Commerce – a membership organization working to strengthen business and the economic environment for those who work, live, and do business in La Junta. With a focus on opportunity and results, the Chamber is your path to networking, professional development, and community connections.
La Junta History
La Junta (Spanish for “the junction”) was named for the fact it rested at the intersection of the Santa Fe Trail and a pioneer road to Pueblo. The town developed near Bent’s Fort, a fur trading post of the 19th century.
During World War II, La Junta had an Army Air Force Training Base outside town. An Air Force detachment of the Strategic Air Command remained there until modern flight simulators developed in the 1980s rendered live flight unnecessary for pilot training maneuvers. At least one military aircraft crashed close by during such training maneuvers.Read more: Home
- Visit Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, an important trading post along the Santa Fe Trail, is northeast of La Junta. Today, living historians recreate the sights, sounds, and smells of the past with guided tours, demonstrations and special events.
- Koshare Indian Museum, housed at Otero Junior College, holds a collection of Native American artifacts.
- Purgatoire River track site, one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America, is south of La Junta.