Whether you enjoy roaming the mountains or strolling through historic downtown, Monument, Colorado has something for everyone! This quiet suburb situated between Denver and Colorado Springs is a thriving community of outdoors enthusiasts. From scenic lakes to a bustling arts scene, it’s no surprise that Monument was recently named one of the best places to live in Colorado.
1.) Get Lost in Monument
Ever dreamed of running away to the mountains? Well, the good news is there’s no need to quit your day job just yet. Monument is the perfect place to live for hikers, fly fishers, ski bums, and those who prefer fresh air and wide, open spaces. Residents will discover an adventurous outdoors community nestled conveniently between Colorado’s major metropolitan areas.
Monument is part of Colorado’s renowned Tri-Lakes region and home to some of the best fishing, paddle boarding, and kayaking around. In the summer, residents will enjoy relaxing at Lake Woodmoor, Monument Lake, and Palmer Lake. Monument Lake in particular is known for great fishing, with rainbow, cutthroat, and cutbow trout inhabiting the popular lakeside retreat. There’s also a chance to pull catfish, perch, blue gill, pike or small mouth bass. Palmer features the 15-mile Santa Fe Regional Trail which is one of the largest trail networks in El Paso County. Biking, hiking, and horseback riding are all permitted along the scenic route.
Views of Pikes Peak can be seen to the southwest. A short drive outside city limits will take intrepid hikers into Colorado’s mountainous range where biking and backpacking trails abound. Favorites include Mount Herman Road and Spruce Mountain Trail. The heart of the wilderness is never far from home in Monument!
2.) Take a Culture Trip
In addition to being an outdoors recreation paradise, Monument is a little known gem when it comes to arts and culture. The historic downtown district boasts a Victorian tea house, several art galleries with popular folk art installations highlighting the downtown strip, and foodie approved local restaurants to take your taste bud on a trip. Monthly art walks offer a great opportunity to tour the historic architecture and connect with the community.
Monument is also a fantastic spot to go antiquing and take home your own piece of Colorado history.
3.) Pub Crawl with Friends
Start at Pike’s Peak Brewing Co. and make your way downtown to sample Monument’s famous craft beers and microbrews. This tucked away little town is home to some of the best bars and pubs you’ll find in the state. The friendly atmosphere and welcoming old timey ambiance invites newcomers to pull up a stool, have a sip, and share some stories with friends both old and new.
4.) A Fast Growing Suburb
Monument is rapidly growing with a booming population of young professionals flocking to the area. Now is the perfect time to invest in real estate before the growth hits full stride in the coming years.
With quick, convenient access via I-25 to Colorado’s major metropolitan hubs, Monument is on the rise for business commuters. The area is centrally located away from the hustle and bustle of Denver and offers affordable living without sacrificing the opportunities of nearby corporate havens. Many companies are expanding throughout Denver and Colorado Springs. From technology to nonprofit sectors, organizations are on the lookout for industrious candidates. It’s no wonder that the rise in industry has attracted many aspiring would-be Coloradans to the Monument area.
The suburb is also home to some of the best public schools in Colorado and ideal for families looking for a safe, affordable neighborhood nestled between nature and city living. Despite the thriving populace, the cost of living remains well below the national average. The city is home to many convenient retail chains, in addition to independent boutiques and “Mom and Pop” stores. Commuter friendly bike paths and pedestrian walks are easily accessible throughout the city.
5.) Four Seasons of Fabulous
The beautiful seasons of the Rocky Mountains remain one of the top reasons why Monument is the best place to call home. Temperature springs and blue sky summers are the perfect times to hit the trails, while skiers and snowboarders flock to Colorado’s world famous slopes. Falls showcase a display of native foliage that rivals the much loved autumns of New Hampshire and other regions.
Not a skier? Snowshoeing is highly popular in the region and a good way to pass the snowy winter days.
It’s an exciting time to be a resident of Monument, Colorado!