Howard is a tiny town of about 1201 people.. The town is dependent on Salida for groceries and most other stores, which is only 15 minutes away. It has 2 RV Parks, namely Banderas Bunkhouse and Pleasant Valley RV Park. A plumber, a Veterinarian, 1 restaurant and lots of great residents. The community is rich with gardeners, horse people and musicians. The Arkansas River runs right through Howard. The valley floor through the canon through Sheep Canyon is narrow so the land rises quickly and borders national forest on the west and BLM on the east side of the river. Most folks who live in Howard work in Salida or are self employed. The families can choose from the Salida school district or the Cotopaxi School district, both of which are great.