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Otero County is home to the Comanche National Grassland, where you can explore 440,000 acres of petroglyphs, abandoned homesteads, abundant wildlife, and the Purgatoire River track site—the largest dinosaur-track site in North America. Adventure along the Old Santa Fe Trail and stop at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur-trading post. You won’t want to miss the Koshare Indian Museum, housed at Otero College, where you can see an incredible collection of Native American artifacts. And if you are passing through during the summer, you may get to experience a unique Boy Scout/Explorer performance, where the scouts are trained in Indian dance and wear traditional outfits.

No trip to Otero County in the summer is complete without indulging yourself in the delicious and mouthwatering Rocky Ford cantaloupes and watermelons.

Of Interest – The Arkansas Valley Fair in Rocky Ford features a “Watermelon Day” and is the oldest continuous Fair in the State of Colorado, founded in 1878.

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