Cheraw, Colorado: Junkrassic Park

Starting in 1990, retired farmer Johnnie Allen welded over 80 sculptures made from castoff farm equipment metal. By 2018, the site had been mostly stripped of displays.
35574 CR JJ, Cheraw, CO
South side of CR JJ, northeast of La Junta and northeast of Bent's Old Fort. Private property, be respectful.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Junkrassic Park

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Junk aircraft.

Junkrassic Park

Almost everything is gone, fallen over or stolen. My friend (who had visited before) and I went to see it, and almost everything is gone.

[Charla Dury, 07/27/2018]

Some larger displays survive, but the smaller, more colorful pieces appear to have been hauled away...

Awful Tier.

Junkrassic Park

Sort of still there. Go down the dirt road. After this exhibit, which is in some disarray, there is a farm with zebras.

[Etienne Tardy, 07/27/2018]

The Awful Tier.

Junkrassic Park

If you make your way down a country black top road (Co Road JJ) just northeast of La Junta, Colorado you will find a place of the most bizarre wonder that is definitely worth the trouble to see.

Since 1990, retired farmer Johnnie Allen has been welding huge sculptures made from cast off farm implement metal. One day back then, his wife asked him to make her a rooster sculpture out of scrap metal like the one she saw on a trip to the Western Slope of Colorado. After he finished the rooster, he continued making all kinds of other characters out of the multitudes of scrap metal found around his farm.

His largest piece is an oil tower version of the Eiffel Tower, the 40-foot tall "Awful Tier," made from an old windmill set atop a platform. The four acre place is populated by a pun-filled gallery of rogues, including "Infidel Castro," "Jon Way-In," "John L. Weigh."

The humor and the work that went to this vast collection of sculpture art by one man is just amazing to behold... no matter how corny some of the puns are.

Jon Way-In.

Sadly, Mr. Allen is getting on with age, and it is apparent that some of his sculptures are showing a bit of weathering and neglect due his lack of energy and/or interest. Now would be the time to take the drive and see it before it all rusts away.

[Bob Pearce, 11/06/2009]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Nation's Smallest JailNation's Smallest Jail, Haswell, CO - 28 mi.
Petrified Wood Gas StationPetrified Wood Gas Station, Lamar, CO - 44 mi.
Madonna of the TrailMadonna of the Trail, Lamar, CO - 44 mi.
In the region:
15-Foot-Tall Bicycle, Calhan, CO - 80 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

September 21, 2020

My Sights

My Sights

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Colorado Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Hat n' Boots, Seattle, Washington (Sep 21-27, 2020)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from Subscribe now! Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Nearby Hotels: Cheraw, Colorado

Nightly rates found:

Book Now


Favorite Quirky City Sights