TownAdvisor TownStory℠ of Monument, CO
With so much surrounding natural beauty and outdoor activities to enjoy year-round like rock climbing, hiking, biking, and fishing, Monument is a great place to raise a family, enjoy retirement, or live without the hustle and bustle of crowded city life. Yet, its’ close proximity to larger urban areas like Colorado Springs with its over 50 attractions and Castle Rock with its great shopping make going to the city easy and convenient any time.
Though it was once known for potato farming and ice harvesting, Monument’s economy is now driven by small, individually-owned businesses in the town’s downtown Monument Plaza. The Plaza offers a unique blend of stores, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants, all within walking distance to each other. Further away is the more recently created shopping center called Jackson Creek Center that offers a mixture of small retailers with national “big box” chain stores.
Monument is a school-choice community by Colorado Law. This creates opportunities for various types of schools including public, private, charter, and home schooling options. Residents of Monument can attend the public school system of Lewis-Palmer School District 38, which is one of the top public school systems in the state of Colorado. The public elementary school is located in Monument. Both middle and high school public options are located within the surrounding area towns of El Paso County.
Along with its top-ranked schools and fun outdoor recreational activities to keep kids active, Monument also offers many family-friendly events year-round. Spring brings free “Movies Under the Stars” family movie nights at the Monument Marketplace Clocktower in the Jackson Creek Center. Summer keeps families busy with Art Hop Events, Concerts in the Park, and the 4th of July Music Festival hosted at three venues around town with live music, a parade, and fireworks. The holidays are celebrated with hayrides around Palmer Lake and trick or treating at Monument Plaza at Halloween, and then by enjoying a truly “Small Town Christmas” with visits from Santa, a tree lighting, and arts and crafts fairs.
Art is highly important to the residents of Monument, demonstrated by the many galleries and the Tri-Lakes Center of the Arts’ annual outdoor sculpture exhibition entitled “ARTSites.” Sculpture Park, located at the Big Red Schoolhouse in the center of town, displays sculptures of all kinds as prime examples. And the Monument Community Garden located in the center of Lavelett Park also shows the town’s passion for gardening.
With its fun outdoor recreation, great schools, and family-based community, Monument is a wonderful place to call home.