Downtown Rocky Ford. Photo: Billy Hathorn
Rocky Ford is a small town made famous for its cantaloupes. It’s located around fifty miles southeast of Pueblo in Otero County. La Junta is ten miles further southeast.
In 2000 there was a population of 4,286 people. The elevation is 4,180 ft. It was named for a rocky ford, netted muskmelons, or cantaloupes found growing close to the first townsite.
Rocky Ford Cantaloupe – Sweet, juicy melons grown around Rocky Ford. They are famous throughout Colorado and are best in July.