Monument, Co. is located about twenty miles north of Colorado Springs and about fifty miles south of Denver, Colorado. Monument has been an incorporated town since June 2, 1879.
Monument was first named "Henry" Station after Henry Limbach, one of the early settlers and the first mayor.
When the D&RG railroad was built in 1870s, General Palmer and Mr. Limbach had the towns name changed to Monument because of the beautiful rock formations to the west of the town.
Today, several recreational areas dot the landscape in Monument and its surrounding communities. The 15-mile Santa Fe Regional Trail, starting at Palmer Lake and running south through Monument to the southern boundary of the Air Force Academy, follows part of the old Atkinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. One of the largest continuous trails in El Paso County, the graveled route supports a wide variety of activities such as biking, hiking and horseback riding. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers enjoy the pathway in the winter.
Region: Colorado South Central Regional Information
County: El Paso
Proximity to other towns: Located 15.8 miles from Colorado Springs, 3.7 miles from Palmer Lake, 10.2 miles from Larkspur, 14.2 miles from Cascade
Elevation: 6961 feet
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