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The Tri-Lakes Area is located in picturesque Northern El Paso County where folks are drawn to the tranquil treed and rural atmosphere. It still has the classic small-town feel even with the city-like amenities, recreational attractions and the vibrant art community. There are provincial little shops and restaurants, plus the new YMCA complex with medical facilities including Centura Health and a few strategically located big box stores.

Named for lakes in the vicinity, Palmer Lake, Monument Lake, and Lake Woodmoor, this is truly a beautiful and contrasting area. You will find a refreshing change in altitude at approximately 7,300 feet. That is higher than both Colorado Springs at 6,500 feet, an easy 15-minute drive to the south, and Denver, the “Mile High City”, a 40-50-minute to the north. There are two quaint historic towns in the Tri-Lakes area, the Town of Monument, that straddles I-25 and the Town of Palmer Lake which you’ll find nestled up against the Pike National Forest to the west of the area. East of I-25 is residential county land most of which use a “Monument” mailing address.

Late 1800’s history tells us that this high-desert area was best known for potato farming which was aptly named “Divide Potatoes”. Also during this time period ice was harvested from Monument Lake and loaded on the trains that traveled between Denver and Albuquerque to keep perishables cold in summer. Even now, from the hills of Monument, at times you can hear the faint whistle of the train as it comes through Monument proper.

Geographically the area is stunning and the views are highly valued by both visitors and residents alike. Outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to the area for hiking, biking, walking, and running all the while enjoying the area’s beauty.

The Palmer Divide runs east and west and forms a natural separator between Denver and Colorado Springs. The Divide’s natural uplift of close to 8,000 feet sometimes causes a slight increase in precipitation to the area. The Town of Monument was named after the many spiraling rock “monument” formations in the foreground of the gorgeous Front Range. Elephant Rock (named for it’s likeness) overlooks the much traveled, historic and scenic Santa Fe Trail, now a walking and bicycling trail that runs from Palmer Lake to Colorado Springs.

The Palmer Lake Reservoirs are another draw – less than an hour’s hike from the trailhead in town takes you into the majestic Pike National Forest and the most...

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    719-559-0800
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    719-488-4750
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    719-488-4760
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    719-481-1950
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    719-488-4770
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