Fowler - Eastern Colorado
Located in southeastern Colorado along the south side of the Arkansas River, the land was once home to hunters and gatherers; tribes such as the Arapahoe, Comanche, Kiowa and Ute all made their homes here.
When O.S. Fowler first came to southeastern Colorado in the late 1880s, he envisioned a thriving colony of fruit growers living in this area; though Fowler died a few years later, his vision -- and name -- remained.
Today, the Fowler and Rocky Ford communities produce some of the best fruit in the nation -- and they're nice enough to share it with the area's countless visitors.
In the summer, farmers' markets and produce stands draw vacationers from near and far to sample fresh vegetables, fruits and -- most importantly -- the famous Rocky Ford watermelons and cantaloupes. These juicy treats have earned Rocky Ford the nickname "The Sweet Melon Capital of the World."
Smart visitors will plan their trip in August, when the Arkansas Valley Fair -- Colorado's longest continuing fair -- takes place. Lucky guests take home free melons on "Watermelon Day" and enjoy carnival rides, games and a rodeo to boot.
Rocky Ford Pond State Wildlife Area is on 1,108 wooded acres with 3 ponds, this is a great location for bird-watching as you stroll the shaded pathways connecting the ponds keep an eye out for pheasants, bobwhite quails, doves, ducks, geese and turkeys, and if your lucky you'll spot a deer or rabbit.
When visitors are done eating and playing, they can soak in the area's rich history. Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, the Boggsville Historic District and the Rocky Ford and Fowler history museums are all excellent -- and that's just a start!
Fowler is near: La Junta
Featured Fowler Businesses
A family friendly RV park in Fowler on Colorado's eastern plains off Highway 50 sight-see in Pueblo, La Junta and Colorado Springs. Near Vogel Canyon to see actual dinosaur tracks. Heated pool next door.
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Fowler Activities & Maps
National Historic Sites and Landmarks:
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
Santa Fe Trail Scenic Byway