Visit Monument Lake

Families looking for a chance to reconnect will discover the unforgettable experience of Monument Lake Resort!

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.

Upcoming Events
May 25th, 2024
June 1st, 2024
Caveman Music Festival: Hosted At Monument Lake Resort

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Marina Rentals

All persons using water vessels must wear life preservers while on the lake. Entering the water without a life preserver is strictly prohibited.

14 Passenger Pontoon
  • Holds up to 14 passengers
  • Slide and Grill included
  • 3 to 11 hour rentals available
  • $150 an hour
  • Pets are allowed, but damages paid for
  • Life vests must be worn by all passengers
2 Person Fishing Pontoon
  • Holds 2 passengers
  • 2 to 11 hour rentals available
  • $50 an hour
  • Pond King Sport fishing pontoon equipped with Hummingbird fishfinder and Minn Kota I Pilot 54 lb thrust trolling motor.
Paddle Boards
  • Premium POP Paddle Boards
  • 1 to 11 hour rentals available
  • $25 an hour
  • Premium Old Town Kayaks
  • 1 to 11 hour rentals available
  • $25 an hour
  • Premium Old Town Canoes
  • 1 to 11 hour rentals available
  • $25 an hour

Resort Offerings

Lodge Hotel Rooms

The Lodge accommodations offer excellent single or double queen bedrooms that feature private bathrooms, patio seating with tables near the restaurant and lounge, and all the comforts of our cabins with easier access to the other property amenities.

  • 20 hotel rooms total
  • Hotel rooms (8) with 1 Queen Bed: $139 a night
  • Hotel rooms (12) with 2 Queen Beds: $149 a night

Our cozy cabins featuring Pueblo-themed architecture offer all the amenities to make your visit to Monument Lake most memorable. These comfortable, private retreat spaces give you the time and place to relax, unwind, and have fun with your family and friends during your stay.

  • 13 Cabins total
  • Cabins (10) with 1 Queen Bed: $149 a night
  • Cabins (3) with 1 Queen Bed, 1 Bunk Bed, and 1 Kitchenette: $179 a night
Restaurant & Bar

Join us for an excellent dining experience in our lodge-style restaurant. Open Monday – Sunday from 7 am – 8 pm. We serve delicious meals, gourmet specialty coffees, beer, and the best cocktails around. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a relaxing environment for the entire family. Experience inside dining in the historic restaurant or outside dining in the courtyard overlooking beautiful Monument Lake and the breathtaking Spanish Peaks.

Lake View Store

Our store has you covered for your stay with the lakeside rental recreation equipment, camping, fishing, hiking, and snacking supplies any person could need. Located right on-site, the store offers everything from ice and cold beer to fishing bait and tackle to grocery food items and personal grooming products as well.

Upper Lounge

The gorgeous and historic Upper Lounge of the Monument Lake Resort is designed to accommodate large private party get togethers and special events ie. Weddings, family Reunions business functions, and more. Call for booking information.

Bath House

Generously funded by the City of Trinidad, our new bathhouse completed in 2019 offers completely modern ADA-compliant amenities including four showers, and men’s and woman’s separate restrooms. Rugged wilderness meets spa-rustic luxury with this beautiful facility.

Full / Partial RV Sites

Both full and partial RV sites are sprinkled throughout the Monument Lake RV Resort offering incredible spots for camping in your motorhome, van, or bus. They are all located close enough to easily access full resort amenities, including the lodge, restaurant, lounge, store, and lake.

Full-Service RV includes:
50-30-20 amp electrical (enough for air conditioning and high usage machines)
Water hookup
Concrete sewer basin
Fire-pit and picnic table
Map of Full-Service RV sites

Partial Service RV includes:
20-30 amp electrical (not enough for air conditioners and high usage machines)
Water hookup
Fire-pit and picnic table
Map of Partial Service sites

Fishing Regulations

Colorado Fishing License is required to fish.

  • Kokanee Salmon:
    • Daily Bag Limit: 10
    • Daily Possession Limit: 10
  • Rainbow Trout:
    • Daily Bag Limit: 4
    • Daily Possession Limit: 8
  • Brown Trout:
    • Daily Bag Limit: 4
    • Daily Possession Limit: 8
  • Tiger Trout:
    • Daily Bag Limit: 4
    • Daily Possession Limit: 8
  • Cutbows:
    • Daily Bag Limit: 4
    • Daily Possession Limit: 8
  • Splake:
    • Daily Bag Limit: 4
    • Daily Possession Limit: 8

As a fishing hotspot favorite among the locals, Monument Lake is stocked regularly by the Colorado Division of Parks and Recreation with catchable rainbow and brown trout as well as Kokanee salmon. Fishing at the Lake requires a valid Colorado fishing license and adherence to all state and local fishing regulations. A convenient fish cleaning station is located adjacent to the lodge store and boat rental facility.

Boat Rentals

Monument Lake Resort offers a full line of 2 man fishing pontoons as well as a large party, double deck pontoon for a day full of fun on this beautiful lake.

Dry / Tent Camping

Taking advantage of great views and proximity to the lodge, store, and boat rentals, by reservation only, dry and tent camping spots are available all over the park.

  • 47 camping spots
  • $45 a night
Parking Information
  • Passes picked up at Check In Booth upon entrance
  • Daily Parking Pass for a Regular Vehicle: $6 per day
  • Daily Parking Pass for a Regular Vehicle with Trailer: $12 per day
  • Annual Parking Pass: $45

Located on 368 acres of park-like terrain between La Veta and Trinidad on Hwy 12 in Colorado, Monument Lake Resort offers hours of hiking for those that want to explore the area. For the more adventurous visitors, the local peaks such as the Sangre de Cristo Mountains provide opportunities for incredible day hiking. Check out the Spanish Peaks and Cuchara during your stay for a relaxing day of exploration.

City of Trinidad, CO

The City of Trinidad is located just a short 40 miles away from the resort and offers excellent opportunities for shopping and dining in the downtown historic district. From the local museums to the outdoor recreation adventures available nearby, Trinidad provides something for everyone on a trip to the city.

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!