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Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

The Tri-Lakes area has an astounding array of outdoor recreational opportunities that are preserved and maintained through the cooperative efforts of local government, organizations and citizens. The hills and mountains that surround the Tri-Lakes area provide endless opportunities for fun and recreation. Much of the terrain is accessible through a complex network of trails that wind among the communities, offering scenery, exercise and a link to many outdoor destinations.

Monument Rock, for which the town of Monument is named, stands amidst the Monument Open Space Preserve, a symbol of the town’s enduring nature. Extensive trails around the rock cater to horseback riding, dog walking and jogging, while also serving as a hub to other locales.


El Paso County Parks’ Palmer Lake Regional Recreation Area is a popular destination offering fishing and walking trails. Palmer Lake is the beginning of the 14-mile New Santa Fe Regional Trail, one of the longest and continuous trails in El Paso County. Following the old Santa Fe Railroad line, it traverses several communities and the Air Force Academy, plus connects to a number of other trailheads.

In addition to the Palmer Lake Regional Recreation Area and New Santa Fe Regional Trail, El Paso County Parks operates several other sites in the Tri-Lakes area, including Black Forest Regional Park, the 417-acre Fox Run Regional Park and the Palmer-Divide Regional Trail.

Opportunities for exciting recreation in the area don’t end there. The Tri-Lakes region is home to the modern 45,000-square-foot Tri-Lakes Family Center YMCA. Completed in 2008, this 12-acre site offers a family center complete with a community room, full-size gymnasium, a comprehensive strength and conditioning center, a three-lane lap pool, recreational swimming area with a water play structure and an artificial turf field. Complimenting the Y’s facilities is a year-round catalog of recreational programs and day camps for youth, adult and family.

Golf is also a popular pastime in the area, and residents can choose from either public or private courses. Among the popular options are Monument Hill Country Club, King’s Deer Golf Club and Perry Park Country Club. The Air Force Academy opens its two picturesque courses for many community events.

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