Southeast Colorado Agriculture

Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds Art House

For more than a century, the Arkansas Valley Fair has been an Otero County tradition. The popularity of Watermelon Day started by Colorado Senator George Swink in 1878 gave rise to one of the longest-running festivals in Colorado. Built in 1901, the Art Building is the fairground’s oldest building. Join the decades of attendees who have enjoyed its unique presentation of local arts and crafts within its octagonal shape. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the structure is a well-preserved example of the “Octagon Mode,” which enjoyed some popularity in home and barn design in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.round house
Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds



Enter at North Main Street or Ninth Street
Rocky Ford, CO 81067
(719) 254-7414
www.arkvalleyfair.com

Hours of Operation
Fair and Art Building displays are held in mid-August. Check website for latest information on Arkansas Valley Fair dates and times.

Directions
Traveling on US Hwy 50, turn north on 9th Street in Rocky Ford. Continue about 4-5 blocks to the end of 9th Street, where the fairgrounds is located. Another entrance is located at the north end of Main Street, also 4-5 blocks from US Hwy 50. The Art Building (Roundhouse) is located within walking distance from the entrance/s, to the west, behind the large brick expo building.

Visitor Services
Parking
ADA Compliant

Designations
National Register Individual Listing
State Register of Historic Places

Travel Tips
The Arkansas Valley Fair offers nearly a week of family oriented events including: horse shows, rodeo, barrel-racing, a carnival, arts & crafts exhibits, bike races, horse races, demolition derby, and watermelon themed contests. You won’t want to miss the open watermelon pile!

Entrance Fees
No admission fee. See website for list of ticketed event prices.





Holly SS Ranch Barn

The stone barn was built in 1879 by John Gores and Hiram S. Holly on the SS Ranch, one of the largest and earliest cattle ranches in the area. Hiram Holly established the ranch at a time when Colorado’s early dependence on mining was increasingly giving way to agriculture. The trade and commerce at Holly SS Ranch was seminal for the founding of the town of Holly, which grew up near it. Constructed of native stone, the barn is one of the most well preserved stone barns in the region and is exemplary of construction during the pioneer period.



407 W. Vinson
Holly, CO 81067
(719) 537-6884


Hours of Operation
The barn is on private property but can be viewed from the street. The stone residence is also on private property but can be seen from the depot, looking south.

Directions
The barn is located just south of the historic Santa Fe Depot and railroad tracks on south Main Street–a few blocks from US Hwy 50.

Visitor Services


Designations
National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips
For historical information visit the Holly Museum on 119 East Cheyenne, within walking distance of the Holly SS Ranch.

Entrance Fees
No admission fee.





Crowley Heritage Center

Built in 1914 as a country school, the building has been painstakingly restored and serves as both Crowley County’s museum of agricultural, social, and economic history and a community meeting place. This museum brings to light the agricultural involvement of early Japanese settlers who arrived between 1915-1920 through photographs and family histories. Notable among the artifacts on exhibit within the museum is an excellent collection of photographs from Camp Amache, a World War II Japanese internment camp located in Prowers County, which reflects the strong influence of Japanese culture in the region. Other natural, ethnic, social and economic collections reflect the evolution of Crowley County’s heritage.
300 Main Street
Crowley, CO 81033
(719) 267-3384
http://www.crowleyheritagecenter.com

Hours of Operation
Open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 am and afternoons from 2-4 p.m. Also open by appointment on weekends by calling 719-267-3495

Directions
Turn north off US Hwy 50 in Manzanola onto CO Hwy 207 and drive 7 miles north to the town of Crowley. After crossing the railroad tracks, take the second right and go five blocks.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Visitor Information
ADA Accessibility

Designations
National Register Individual Listing
State Register of Historic Places


Travel Tips
This is a gateway to the heritage trails of the Southeast. For a travel break you may wish to stop at the park, fountain, or playground, which are visible on the way into town. The Crowley Deli is just south of Hwy 96 at the turn north into Crowley.

Entrance Fees
No admission fee. Donations accepted.





Canyon Journey Tours

Tours offered in the Comanche National Grassland and on private ranch property in Baca County and the surrounding area. Tours range from interpretive tours of Picture Canyon to driving tours. All tours interpret local history, legends, natural resources, historic and pre-historic sites. Tours of local historical and heritage sites include: Picture Canyon, Carrizo Canyon, WPA sites, homestead, cemeteries, birding, county and local history. Tours can include lodging, horseback riding, trail rides, wagon rides, backpacking and hiking trips, and can be customized to fit individual needs and interests.


10754 County RD 3.1
Pritchett, CO 81064
(719) 643-5414
http://www.www.canyon-journeys.com

Hours of Operation
Any day of the week by reservation.

Directions
From Lamar take Hwy 287 to Springfield and turn west on Hwy 160 at Springfield for 15 miles until you come to Pritchett. From LaJunta take Hwy 109 south to Hwy 160. Turn east on Hwy 160 for 30 miles to the town of Pritchett. From Trinidad take Hwy 160 east to the town of Pritchett.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Visitor Information
ADA Accessibility

Travel Tips
Make sure to have enough fuel to make the trip to remote regions. Long distances are traveled.

Entrance Fees
Tours range from $25/pp to $150/pp