Rocky Ford, Colorado, is nestled in the undiscovered part of Colorado, the Arkansas Valley. This Valley of small agricultural communities lies east of Pueblo along the only coast to coast highway in the USA, Highway 50.
From Pueblo (30 miles south of Colorado Springs) you travel east on Highway 50 through Fowler and Manzanola to Rocky Ford. Within the 80 miles or so east of Rocky Ford on Highway 50, you pass through Swink, La Junta, Las Animas, and Lamar. All these are small towns ranging from populations of 500 to about 10,000.
Rocky Ford is a special little town that had as its economic base agriculturally related industries that have come and gone. Despite an economic downturn over the last few decades, Rocky Ford’s population has remained between four and five thousand.
Once in Rocky Ford, you can’t help but notice the TREES. They line every single street. It is a notable part of Rocky Ford’s character. Most houses and buildings in Rocky Ford were built before the 1960s, so there is much charm and history along the streets. One of the prettiest streets around is Main Street, a combination of businesses and homes.
Rocky Ford enjoys 4 mild seasons. There is golfing and hiking, fishing and just relaxing. The elevation, about 4200 ft, and the pastoral farmland setting offer the best of all 4 seasons.
Rocky Ford boasts the longest running movie theater in Colorado, the Grand Theatre. Local volunteers run it on weekends and a historic grant is paying for a major revitalization of the original building.
In addition, Rocky Ford hosts the popular Arkansas Valley Fair each August, the longest running fair in Colorado. Watermelon Day is the day when a parade celebrates Rocky Ford’s world famous melons, called the best in the world.
There is also a statewide balloon festival held in November of each year.
Travel back in time. There is a peacefulness and grace about Rocky Ford. An America that has gone by. Rocky Ford keeps it alive.
Rocky Ford, Colorado is known as the Melon Capital of the World