Monument has so much to offer, as well as being a good middle ground between Denver and Colorado Springs. The views, the laid back atmosphere, the delightful residents, and the charming small town feel all add up to one of the greatest little towns on the Front Range, and in America at large.
There are a number of fun and exciting restaurants in Monument and the Tri-Lakes area. First and foremost on my list is La Casa Fiesta, a New Mexican style eatery located at 230 Front Street in Historic Downtown Monument. In the summertime, the patio is hard to beat, and the margaritas are fantastic year round. The owners, Shawn and Mary, are the perfect hosts and they can usually be seen walking around saying hello to guests and helping out their wonderful staff.
Looking for a hearty country breakfast or lunch? Look no further than the Coffee Cup Cafe at 251 Front Street. Open from 6AM-3PM seven days a week, the Coffee Cup Cafe is a small town, laid back outpost for great skillets and burgers!
With Colorado getting more than 300 days of sunshine every year, golfing in Monument is almost possible year round! (Bring a jacket in the winter months!) There are two great golf courses right here in Monument that provide two completely different experiences.
First is Kings Deer Golf Club. Opened in September of 1999, Kings Deer provides 18 holes of championship, links-style golf. Located inside the Kings Deer Highlands just east of Monument, the course has the highest elevation of any golf course along the front range. The location high atop the Palmer Divide provides incredible views of Pike’s Peak and Mount Herman as well as Bald Mountain and True Mountain to the north.
Secondly, the other option for golfing in Monument is Woodmoor Country Club. Nestled in a sea of Ponderosa Pine trees in the Woodmoor Neighborhood, The Country Club at Woodmoor provides a challenging 18 hole golf experience, where precision shots are more important than brute force off the tee.
3. 4th of July Parade and Fireworks!
If you’re in town for the 4th of July, you are in for a real treat. The annual 4th of July parade showcases many different local businesses and causes, and brings them marching right through Downtown Monument. Old cars, patriotic floats, high school bands…this parade has everything you’d want to see from a small town production. Every year, the streets of downtown are PACKED with locals as well as families coming up from Colorado Springs, and down from Parker and Denver. If you’d rather walk around and get some exercise, 2nd street is blocked off for a street fair featuring food, gifts, and local artists. Across the street at Limbach Park is a beer garden with offerings from local breweries to cool you off and quench your thirst!
Stick around after the sun goes down and head just west into Palmer Lake. The town puts on a dramatic fireworks show over the lake. Grab your loved ones, some blankets, a cooler full of snacks and drinks, and try to find a spot because the fireworks are FANTASTIC!
4. Get outdoors!
Looking for a fun hiking or mountain bike excursion? Then you absolutely MUST get up to either Mount Herman or the Palmer Lake Reservoir Trail. Both offer medium difficulty hiking and breath taking views! For the most part, both are pretty lightly trafficked, and you won’t find yourself running into a sea of other humans.
5. Take in some High School Sports!
Lewis Palmer and Palmer Ridge High Schools are both right here in Monument! Lewis Palmer’s sports teams have been ultra-competitive in Colorado for decades, and routinely bring home state championships in men’s and women’s sports. Even though it’s only been around since 2008, Palmer Ridge has already produced state champion track and cross country teams, as well as state champion wrestlers! We got athletes in this region y’all!!
6. Be social!
Grab a drink and meet some new friends! Back East Bar and Grill is a newer addition to Monument, but the word is out and it gets BUSY!
O’Malley’s in Palmer Lake has been a staple of Tri-Lakes spirit-enthusiasts since 1986. O’Malley’s has 12 beers on tap, as well as a full bar, and a bar full of regulars and locals
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