Ordway, the county seat of Crowley County, is located on the high plains of Southeast Colorado, only 2 ½ hours driving time from the Denver metro area, and one hour from Pueblo. State Highway 71 from Limon and Highway 96 from Pueblo intersect at Ordway. Being at an elevation of 4311 ft., the area has a mild fall climate, with an average September high temperature of 87, and an average low of 47.

A short distance east of Ordway are two reservoirs – Lake Henry, north of Highway 96, and Lake Meredith, south of Highway 96. Both lakes offer boating, camping, fishing, bird watching, and other recreational opportunities.

Agriculture is still a driving force in the Crowley County economy with several large ranches and a large cattle feeding operation located in the area. A portion of the feeding operation is dedicated to the production of compost that is then applied to fields, gardens, and lawns as natural fertilizer.

Ordway has a population of 1038, and is the center of business, school, and government activities for the County. The businesses include several restaurants, a bar, hotel, gas stations, grocery store, pharmacy, liquor store, lumber yard, hardware store and building center, auto repair shop, and a parts store, among others. The community enjoys a slower laid back lifestyle. The youth are a particular source of pride in Crowley County. They have continually performed well on the state, as well as the local level, in 4-H and FFA activities and competitions. Several students have been named as recipients of both Boettcher and Daniels Scholarships, and athletes have excelled at football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, track, baseball, and rodeo.

Pedal the Plains activities will be centered around the historic Ordway High School building and adjacent Conestoga Park, both on north Main Street. The High School is a magnificent, tile roofed structure that was built in 1918, and the registration tent for the event will be located on the south lawn.

Many events are being considered for the 2016 Pedal the Plains in Ordway. On Thursday evening early arrivals may enjoy an outdoor movie in Conestoga Park, along with a barbeque prepared by a
community group, local musicians, and a horseshoe tournament. For Sunday, finish line activities could include the high school band, food vendors, beer garden, musicians, and several stands selling delicious, locally grown produce, especially the world famous Rocky Ford cantaloupes and watermelons.

For more information about Ordway, Crowley County, and other events, please go to: chamber@crowleycounty.net or www.colorado.gov/crowleycounty