Palmer Lake is a sweet little town nestled against the foothills, 5 miles west of I-25 and Monument, and 25 miles north of Colorado Springs. It was once a health and resort town. The population is around 2,500, so it keeps its small-town vibe, while featuring five great eateries and several boutiques. There is also a library, a town hall, and a historical museum. Palmer Lake’s Sundance Mountain is home to the Palmer Lake Star, measuring 457 feet across and consisting of 91 bulbs. The historic landmark is illuminated each year from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. It is also lit on special occasions such as Memorial Day and Independence Day.
There is a mixture of historic homes and newer homes. A wide range of housing price points can be found in every area, with the medium price point being $200K plus. The older homes can date back to the turn of the century.
Palmer Lake is under the jurisdiction of Lewis Palmer School District 38. Palmer Lake Elementary School houses grades K-6. District 38’s Lewis Palmer Middle School, Lewis Palmer High School, and Palmer Ridge High School are in Monument.
The lake itself is a popular fishing and recreation spot. In the summer, you’ll see kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders on the lake, and in the winter there are die-hard ice fisherman and sometimes even ice skaters.
Palmer Lake is adjacent to the 15-mile (24 km) Santa Fe Regional Trail, which runs south through Monument to the southern boundary of the Air Force Academy and follows part of the old Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. 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.
The two reservoirs behind Palmer Lake are accessible by a trail used by hikers, bicyclists, snowshoers and fishermen. The lower reservoir is fenced off from the public, but the upper reservoir has an open shoreline. The mountains behind the town have a matrix of trails connecting visitors and residents to canyons and ridges. Most trails are accessible to hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.
If you want to live in a quiet, friendly community with many amenities, Palmer Lake may be the place for you! Give us a call…