Are you PCSing to the Colorado Springs area and looking to take full advantage of the picturesque mountain landscape? Do you also want the convenience of city amenities close by? If so, the Tri-Lakes region of Colorado Springs may be the community for you and your family. The towns of Monument, Palmer Lake and Woodmoor are at the north edge of El Paso County, situated at the high point between Denver and Colorado Springs known as the Palmer Divide.
Only 20 miles north of Downtown Colorado Springs, 40 miles from Denver, and approximately five miles north of the Air Force Academy, the Tri-Lakes area is perfectly located for both mountain living and easy access to Colorado’s main cities via Interstate 25.
Experience Mountain LivingStunning views and areas lined with indigenous Ponderosa Pines lend to the natural beauty of Tri-Lakes, a primarily rural region that has both custom homes built on half acre to five acre lots, as well as newer subdivisions that have more of a city feel.
Hiking, biking, walking, running, fishing and horseback riding are enjoyed by all ages in Tri-Lakes. Elephant Rock in Monument overlooks the much traveled and scenic Santa Fe Trail, a walking and biking trail that runs from Palmer Lake to Colorado Springs.
The Palmer Lake Reservoirs are another draw for residents and visitors alike. These reservoirs are less than an hour’s hike from the trailhead in town. On this trail, you’ll travel through the majestic Pike National Forest to the water’s edge.
The Local SceneThe local Tri-Lakes community has art galleries, specialty shops and value-priced outlet stores for convenient local shopping and dining. You can enjoy local brews, authentic German pretzels, as well as dine in quaint and delicious local restaurants.
During the summer months, Monument has a delightful farmer’s market all summer at the iconic “Big Red,” the area’s original school house. The farmer’s market, combined with boutique shopping nearby, make for fun weekend outings for the family.
Small shops are conveniently located throughout the area, and several strategically placed big box stores are sprinkled across the landscape adding to the ease of living in the area.
You can also take advantage of all of the amenities at the new YMCA complex and enjoy the vibrant art community of Tri-Lakes. And if you’re missing the lights of the city, Colorado Springs and Denver are only a short drive away via Interstate 25!
Community SpiritOne of the many advantages to living in the Tri-Lakes area is the wonderful community spirit of the region. In the spring and summer, there are a variety of events such as the The Hoka One One Palmer Lake Trail Half Marathon and 10k, the Palmer Lake Glow Run and the Kids Fishing Derby.
Monument is also home to one of the largest Fourth of July Parades in the state. The festivities begin with a breakfast and 5K fun run and end with an amazing fireworks display in Palmer Lake.
During the colder season, you and your family can join in on Winterfest, an event which features a skating rink on Palmer Lake, as well as a bonfire and s’mores of course!
Up in the MountainsThe Tri-Lakes area sits at an elevation of approximately 7,300 feet. With a higher elevation than much of the Colorado Springs region, Tri-Lakes typically receives more snowfall and has cooler temperatures than Colorado Springs. Afternoon thunderstorms in Tri-Lakes are also a delight as they come and go quickly – evaporating sometimes in less than an hour!
For more information about the Tri-Lakes area of Colorado Springs and ability to enjoy mountain living with easy access to city conveniences, contact Colorado Springs Military Homes. We’re here to help!