Updated: Aug 12
Monument Lake, located west of Monument, Colorado's town center, is a 30-acre waterbody with exquisite mountain views. The accessibility of Monument Lake makes it a top destination especially during the peak seasons of recreational activities despite its quite small size. The lake is situated in El Paso County, approximately 20 miles from Colorado Springs' north and 50 miles from Denver's south.
Monument Lake and its neighboring Palmer Lake have ample history of supplying water for various tribes, including Cheyenne, Mountain Ute, Kiowa, and Arapahoe. The town turned into a commercial center after it was established in 1865 and Monument Lake was utilized for the production of ice during colder months. A narrow channel was dug in 1872 to reroute Monument Creek. Monument Lake Dam was then constructed to maintain a larger water amount to meet the growing demand of the area. Currently, Monument's town controls the dam and lake.
This pristine, high-altitude lake is not only one of Colorado's historic places but also a famed fishing spot among locals and other avid anglers around the world. In 1937, the lake was leased to Monument Lake Resort by the City of Trinidad. This charming haven is a sought-after tourist destination for vacationers and outdoor adventurers alike. Monument Lake Resort highlights more than 10 private cabins, a huge lodge, numerous partial and full tent and RV camping sites, full service and newly renovated bar/restaurant and lounge, a convenient store, a bathhouse, and a marina with rentals and dock for boats.
Monument Lake, a fishing hotspot preferred by the locals, is regularly stocked with catchable brown and rainbow trout, perch, pike, and catfish in addition to Kokanee salmon by the Wildlife and Parks Division of Colorado. A valid fishing license of Colorado and adherence to the local and state fishing regulations are required on fishing at Monument Lake. A station for fish cleaning is conveniently located next to the facility of boat rental and the lodge store. Even though the lake freezes during winter, ice fishing is nevertheless permitted.
Monument Lake only allows electric trolling motors for boating. Beyond this, guests can utilize non-motorized watercraft like kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards. Pontoon boats rentals are also offered by Monument Lake Resort to enjoy a full day of fun or fishing on the stunning lake. Visitors can hike westward from Monument Lake to explore the rolling hills of Colorado towards the Pike National Forest. The system of trails provides exploration around Monument Rock and Mount Herman with seasonal wildflowers, alpine vistas, and the opportunity to view the Rampart Range's wildlife.
On top of the cabins and lodge, camping at the resort is also available through tent sites and partial and full RV sites. Accessible throughout the park, tent and dry camping can take advantage of the breathtaking sceneries and proximity to various facilities such as boat rentals, lodge, and store. Both partial and full RV sites are scattered all around the resort offering sublime spots for the visitors' bus, motorhome, or van camping.
The sites are all situated close enough to effortlessly access the amenities of the resort, including the lake, store, lounge, restaurant, and lodge. Picnic table, fire pit, water hookup, electrical, and maps are included on both service RV. A rustic spa luxury meets rugged wilderness on the brand new bathhouse facility of the resort. Modern amenities include showers and separate restrooms for women and men.
The Lake View Store proffers rental equipment, hiking, fishing, and camping supplies any guests would need. The store provides anything from fishing tackle and baits to cold and ice beers and personal products to grocery or food items. The Bar and Restaurant serve gourmet specialty beers, coffee, and cocktails along with delicious cuisine. Visitors get to experience the outside courtyard dining overlooking the spectacular Spanish Peaks and the magnificent Monument Lake or dine inside the historic restaurant. Monument Lake Resort's Upper Lounge offers a historic and gorgeous venue designed to hold special events, private parties, or get-togethers such as family reunions, business functions, weddings, and more.
With the excellent service offered to its visitors, Monument Lake Resort is the ideal retreat to relax and savor outdoor recreation with family and friends. Whether you are looking for a place with great dining and camping or just seeking a short holiday filled with wonderful hiking and fishing, Monument Lake Resort is an amazing escape to relish the Sangre de Cristo Mountains' concealed natural beauty and discover the best ways to appreciate all activities Monument Lake has to offer.