I completely lucked into this place. Clean, quiet, safe, great price, really nice manager and staff. If I ever go back to La Junta, I will stay there again, no question. It's right in town, so an easy walk to the main downtown area. The motel has a nice, old-fashioned feeling about it. There's nothing fancy, but I found everything I needed, and the friendly management can't be beat. My room had a huge recliner chair that was comfortable to work in using my laptop. I planned to stay one night, stayed 6, because I kept finding things to do in La Junta and it just was nice to be there. I'm really glad I bypassed the chain motels and found this one.
There's an artists' co-op on Rt. 50 (don't let the number throw you -- it's just around the corner from the Copper Kettle) with some very nice stuff at very fair prices. Also, on the main street is a fair trade/thrift store combination that has some good items. Copper Kettle is great for breakfast or lunch, also very friendly and helpful. Lucy's Tacos is tiny and not much to look at, but I kept going back because the food was outstanding -- fresh, delicious, friendly, and cheap.