Like evergreens? Like big views? Like snow? If this sounds like Colorado to you, the northern county is your kind of place. The Palmer Divide is known state-wide for being a snow magnet. The flip side is a rich Ponderosa forest and 300+ days a year of sun-filled long-distance views in a unique Colorado setting. Homes are big, the lots are bigger and the pace of life is noticeably a little slower. Just a few examples: they sell Lewis-Palmer high school sports apparel at the Walgreens; they do parades for homecoming, but also for the Fourth of July… and they do them well. Sure, Monument is a commuter-town, either to the Springs or to Douglas County, Denver Tech or DIA, but make no mistake, small town pride lives here. Zip codes are 80132 (Monument/Woodmoor), 80133 (Palmer Lake) and a little bit of 80908.
Monument has a rising art scene and Palmer Lake has a disproportionate number of quality dining options for a town so small. A local favorite (and Air Force Academy cadet institution) is a trip to O’Malley’s, a pub in Palmer Lake where you can cook your own steak and then eat it on the never-ending wood deck they slapped against a forested hillside. Increasingly, these two towns are becoming weekend destinations. Mt. Herman is a local-centric open space destination, offering access to the National Forest and a series of pothole lake hikes. Most people jump in their jeep to access this area, but a few of our freaky friends enjoy burning several thousand calories on their Yeti.
Several destination neighborhoods are to be found in the region called “Tri-Lakes” (Palmer Lake, Monument Lake, Woodmoor Lake). From south to north: Jackson Creek is 1000+ rooftops of 1999-2005 built construction with it’s successor Promontory Pointe just to the east of it (only a little bit of Jackson Creek has an HOA on Remington Hill; all of Promontory is HOA). Further up Baptist is Fox Run. To the north on 2.5 acres is Bent Tree and Higby Estates with the links golf course community of King’s Deer beyond that stretching to County Line Road. The giant forest-preservation association Woodmoor (with it’s own water district) stretches from King’s Deer all the way back to I-25. Further east are Walden, horse country in Canterbury and on the south end, the gated estates of High Forest Ranch. On the west side of I-25 is Palmer Lake, tucked into the foothills, and south of there Forest View and Red Rock Ranch.
Monument is 20 minutes from Colorado Springs and less than half an hour from Castle Rock, which makes it popular with families and professionals who commute. Tri-Lakes is served by Lewis Palmer School District 38.
As an on-going service, we can provide almost-instant information on over 8-dozen neighborhoods in the Pikes Peak Region. The neighborhoods we track annually in our Where to Buy Product for Tri-Lakes includes: