Snow Goose Festival (Lamar)

What: High Plains Snow Goose FestivalAlanBauer_SnowGoose1
Where: Lamar
When: 3 days in mid- to late-February

Snow Goose: Considered to be the most abundant goose in the world. This this is a prime opportunity to view these beautiful white geese by the thousands as they make their travel plans to return to the Arctic from their winter nesting areas.

There is a fee to participate in many of the events of this festival, but there are a number of outstanding activities and presentations which are free. Some of these require that you pre-register, so see the contact information at the bottom of this page. We’ll list a few of the free activities of the 2007 festival — check the website for a current listing.

Jackson’s Pond Tour (Eads) – Hear how the community has planned to save their natural area and wetland. Pre-register by calling (719) 438-2200.

AlanBauer_SnowGoose2Wildlife tour at John Martin Reservoir State Park – Keep your eyes peeled for raptors including Ferruginous Hawks, Northern Harriers, Red-tailed Hawks, Swainson’s Hawks and Kestrels. With luck, you may also spot Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles and Great Horned Owls.

Wildlife Watch Class – Enhance your outdoors experience by learning how to have more luck in spotting and watching wildlife. This class is being offered by the Division of Wildlife.

Kid Zone – Here’s a fun atmosphere for kids to learn about snow geese and other birds.


For more information, contact:
Lamar Chamber of Commerce
(719) 336-4379


Special thanks to photographer Alan L. Bauer for giving us permission to use his images of Snow Geese. Please visit for even more samples of his outstanding photography.

Arkansas Valley Fair (Rocky Ford)

What: Arkansas Valley Fair
Where: Rocky Ford
When: 5 days in mid- to late-August

If you’ve been in Colorado in August, you know “Rocky Ford” is synonymous with the best cantaloupe in the world! Good news: Rocky Ford watermelon is also fantastic. Even better news: The Arkansas Valley Fair, featuring Watermelon Day, has been growing strong since 1878 (yes, we really meant to say 1878, not 1978!!!)

j0283673Come enjoy several days of fun, food, and entertainment featuring contests, parades, music, crafts, and (of course) Watermelon. While there are a few special events that require paid tickets, most of the fair events are free. Your kids of any age will have a blast, especially on Kid’s Day. The whole family will delight in the Watermelon madness, including a watermelon seed spitting contest and the dreaded open watermelon pile (on Watermelon Day). Plus, if you love a parade, be sure to show up on Parade Day!

Mmmm-mmmm. This is going to be delicious!

For more information, contact:
Arkansas Valley Fair
P.O. Box 188
Rocky Ford, CO 81067
(719) 254-7723


(includes Cheyenne Wells, Kit Carson, La Junta, Lamar, Rocky Ford, Springfield)

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Otero Museum – museum – Information link


Big Timbers Museum – museum – Information link
Petrified Wood Gas Station – point of interest – Information link
Snow Goose Festival – festival

Rocky Ford

Arkansas Valley Balloon Festival – festival – Information link
Arkansas Valley Fair – festival


Picture Canyon / Equinox celebrations – recreation – Forest Service link

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