Monument Lake Resort
When you are looking for a weekend away or a vacation the whole family can enjoy, Monument Lake should be on your bucket list to visit. This high-altitude, pristine body of water is not only a favorite place for fishing among local avid anglers, but it is also a historic natural place in Colorado. Owned by the City of Trinidad, they leased the lake to the Monument Resort in 1937. This charming retreat is a destination hotspot for the outdoor adventurer and vacationer alike.
Activities For The Whole Family
Monument Lake Resort features a 20-room lodge, 13 private cabins, numerous full& partial RV and tent camping sites, a brand new bathhouse, a full-service, newly renovated restaurant/ bar and lounge, a marina with boat dock and rentals, and a convenience store as well. Offering excellent services for our guests, Monument Lake Resort is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor recreation and relax with your family.
Whether you need a short getaway filled with great fishing or hiking, or you just want a place for some great camping, dining, and a little rest, Monument Lake Resort Colorado is an amazing getaway to enjoy the hidden natural beauty of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
All persons using water vessels must wear life preservers while on the lake. Entering the water without a life preserver is strictly prohibited.
History & Information About The Area (Resort, Stonewall, Trinidad)
Ever wonder how Monument Lake gets its name? Well, the lake got its original name way back in the 1930s when a fifteen foot rock formation emerged from the center of the lake. While sadly this formation is not here today, the name lives on. The rock formation is said to resemble two Indian chiefs. The legend is told that two Indian chiefs, desperate for water for their respective tribes, met here in peace and cried out at their lack of water. A lake formed at their feet and a volcano erupted simultaneously, enclosing the two chiefs in the rock formations at the center of the lake.
Monument Lake Resort is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, approximately 37 miles west of Trinidad, CO. The resort complex used to have a fish hatchery and a zoo! While unused now, the gorgeous old structures can be seen below the dam east of the lake. The fish hatchery was built in 1951 following the Great Depression to develope larger breeds of fish to help the economy.
The nearby town of Stonewall is a very historic and scenic one. It gets its name from the 250 feet tall sandstone structure that is impossible to miss. Back in the 1880s, this town was the site of a standoff between settlers and the government. Now, the town is full of spring waters that are said to be “enchanted”.
All of the structures at the resort are made of Adobe (aside from the Marina store). Vegetation consists of Ponderosa Pine, white fir, Douglas fir, aspen, juniper, native shrubs, and wildflowers. Geologically speaking, granite, sandstone, and limestone compose most of the rocks nearby. The property in its entirety is 368 acres.
About Monument Lake
- 8,589 feet elevation
- Max depth 35 feet
- 0.85 miles long
- 0.2 miles wide
Monument Lake is a No Wake Lake. Small gas motors and electric trolling motors are allowed along with paddle boats, canoes, and kayaks. There is one very small boat ramp at Monument Lake, so it is suggested that all watercraft be hand launched. As a small local lake, it is easily accessible and can be very crowded during peak season. One of the best ways to enjoy all the lake has to offer is to plan a trip to stay at the Monument Lake Resort for some of the best camping, cabins, hiking, dining, lounging, and recreation.
Monument Lake Directions
From the North (I-25):
Take exit 14B toward Trinidad State Junior College
Continue onto E. Colorado Ave
Turn left on San Juan St
Continue to CO-12 W/Robinson Ave
Continue straight on CO-12 for approx. 30 miles
From the South (I-25):
Take exit 13
Turn right onto Main St
Turn Left onto Nevada
Take the 3rd right at the round-about onto University
Stay on University and follow the signs for approx. 30 miles
Why Choose Monument Lake Resort?
If you need a relaxing getaway in Colorado, look at spending your family vacation at Monument Lake Resort. From beautiful weather to awesome adventures in nature nearby to the local historic city of Trinidad close to the lake monument resort, your visit to Lake Monument Colorado will not only offer all that you could want it will leave you wanting to return every year to enjoy this special retreat. Check out the resort reviews to see what our visitors are saying about us.
Book Your Trip Today
Reach out to us for more information or to book your vacation with us. Whether you have a family vacation or a personal couple’s getaway in mind, we have options and amenities that will make your time away from home comfortable, enjoyable, and memorable.
From fishing, swimming, hiking, and camping to great food, drinks, and local shopping, Monument Lake Resort gives you all the things that are important to a traveler. Book easily online or give us a call to reserve your cabin or lodge room today!