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Monarch, Co. is set high above the scenic Arkansas Valley and located amidst the rugged Sawatch Mountain Range just east of Gunnison on Highway 50 along the banks of the South Arkansas River. Monarch is the epitome of Colorado towns. Nestled between Poncha Springs and Waunita Hot Springs, near St. Elmo mining ghost town, Monarch offers an outdoor Colorado experience. Monarch Ski Area accumulates more than 350 feet of powder snow each winter. The diversity of terrain makes it a wonderful place for beginner, intermediate and expert skiers. There are plenty on hiking trails to experience wildlife and the great outdoors. Anglers will enjoy the many trout streams in San Isabel National Forest. For other fun in Monarch, experience rafting, mountain biking, gold panning, 4WD trails and Ghost towns.

Map: Monarch

Region: Colorado South Central Regional Information

County: Chaffee

Proximity to other towns: Located 114 miles from Pueblo, 14.2 miles from Poncha Springs, 19.1 miles from Salida, 37.1 miles from Buena Vista

Population: 8,760

Elevation: 9544 feet

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