With over 300 days of sunshine a year, there is a lot of opportunity for golf or tennis on Play Park Hill, where you can also camp overnight (with a permit, available at City Hall or Police Station). A handsome municipal swimming pool, three baseball diamonds, picnic facilities, children’s play ground and a fitness trail are also available for your enjoyment.
Rocky Ford’s greatest asset is an unsurpassed quality of life. The climate is mild and the air is clean. Rocky Ford is a place of diverse cultural, civic and recreational offerings.
You will find a lot of the traditions of hte Old West, from Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site to rodeos and gymkhanas. If you are a horse owner, you can rent a stable at the Arkansas Valley Fairground, where there are training facilities and a race track.
Check out the local attractions and find something fun the whole family can enjoy.
Civic and religious organizations abound, and organize many annual events like the Arkansas Valley Fair, the Rocky Ford Balloon Festival, and the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Relief Sale. There are plays, concerts, classes, arts and crafts and sports to take part in and attend.
Check out our Community Calendar to find out when area meetings and events are being held.
History of Rocky Ford
Rocky Ford was the name given to a safe crossing of the Arkansas River by the frontier scout Kit Carson over 160 years ago. The name was given to the small community that grew up around it, and, when the town moved a little way south of the river to meet the Santa Fe Railroad, the name moved too.
Learn about the City of Rocky Ford’s past and how it has become known as the “Sweet Melon Capital”.