At the Heart of Monument

    Among its bedroom communities, Monument boasts a historic downtown filled with noteworthy eat-and-drinkeries. Of course, there’s lots of outdoor access at the foot of Rampart Range. Here are highlights.

    Illustration by Tanya Shaw Jeffery

    Eats and Drinks

    1. Pikes Peak Brewing Company

    One of the region’s leaders, well worth the drive to the foot of Monument Hill for whatever locally named brew is on tap.
    1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr.,

    2. Serrano’s Coffee Company

    The bustling choice for locally roasted beans and brews, with plenty of room to spread out for conversation or a study session.
    625 Hwy. 105

    3. 3 Hundred Days of Shine

    Looking for the hard stuff? Step into the cozy, reclaimed-wood tasting room for some Western sippin’ moonshine.
    279 Beacon Lite Rd.

    4. Ice Cave Cider House

    The only spot to get hold of Ice Cave’s full range of refreshing and nuanced hard ciders.
    174 Washington St.

    ice house in Monument
    Photo by Allison Daniell, Stellar Propeller Studios

    5. The Bistro on 2nd

    Opened September 2016, the casual fine-dining bistro blends sophistication and fresh, upscale comfort food. The gracious patio is sun-kissed in the day, romantically lit by night.
    65 2nd St.

    6. La Casa Fiesta

    The family-favorite, fest-Mex adobe enclave has hosted a happening local scene since 1996.
    230 Front St.

    Get Literate

    7. Covered Treasures Bookstore

    Long live the indie bookstore! This 23-year-old treasure thrives on a mix of local and best-
    seller, new and used, and personal service.
    105 2nd St.

    Great Outdoors

    8. Walk—Monument Rock

    An easy 2.5-mile round-trip from the Mount Herman Trailhead through pine forest and meadows to the eponymous sandstone spire.

    9. Hike—Mount Herman

    The mountain dominates the backdrop to the west of town. A moderately-steep 4-mile round-trip hike takes you to its top for views of the Palmer Divide and the skylines of COS and Denver.

    10. Bike—Mount Herman-Limbaugh Canyon Loop

    If you’ve got advanced intermediate skills, combine the Monument (#715) and White Ghost trails for a 12-mile traverse behind Mount Herman and Raspberry Mountain.

    11. Fish—Lake Monument

    Wet a line, and reel in rainbows and browns. Bring the auger for winter ice fishing.

    The Neighbors

    As part of the Tri Lakes area, Monument has long drawn residents—the majority of them families—for the feel of mountain living with city proximity. The average 2016 home sales price in Monument and Woodmoor was $463,379, according to the Pikes Peak Realtor Services Corporation.