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Monument Valley Park, Colorado Springs

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Monument Valley Park is a historic, recreational park in Colorado Springs, Colorado through which Monument Creek flows. It is a National Register of Historic Places listing and is on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties.GeographyThe park is located in the center of Colorado Springs. It is about 2 miles long, with Monument Creek, a tributary of Fountain Creek running through the center of the park from West Monroe south to West Bijou. It defines the western edge of the downtown area. The park is bounded on the west by Interstate 25 and the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway. At the east is residential housing.Monument Creek flows north to south and falls about 72 feet in elevation. It is 5,988 feet in elevation at its lowest point at the southwestern corner of the park; It is 6,060 feet in elevation at the northern edge of the park, north of Boddington Field. The narrow Mesa Creek intersects with Monument Creek at the northwestern edge of the park.HistoryPark creationGeneral William Jackson Palmer donated the land for Monument Valley Park to Colorado Springs to be a "park for the people". The park was developed between 1904 and 1907 and included "elegant gardens, winding walks, bridged ponds, a tennis court, playgrounds and an arboretum displaying Colorado tree and shrub species and Palmer's Colorado Wildflower Garden." Every species of wildflower in Colorado was in Palmer's garden. There were 3 natural springs, for which the city is named. Spencer Penrose donated the swimming pool in 1914. The intention was to create a mixture of formal gardens and natural settings, like natural English gardens.
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To experience the scenic beauty surrounding Colorado Springs while on holiday, consider staying at a resort just outside the city, offering sweeping views of the mountains plus access to championship golf courses, tennis courts, and spa/fitness facilities. You can also discover Colorado's great outdoors by pitching a tent at one of the area's many campgrounds, or by renting a cozy cottage or mountain cabin.  If you prefer to stay near downtown, consider a moderately priced inn or motel, located a short walk from the city's finest shops and restaurants.
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  • It's beautiful year round. Love taking the kids there to play. Sometimes it's not too crowded, and those are the best.  more »
  • It was cold the day of our visit there but the tree's and landmark was awesome. We look forward again.  more »
  • Within the urban setting of the city, this park is home to a trail that follows the creek on both sides for miles and miles. Absolutely wonderful and really worth walking any portion of it.  more »
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  • Beautiful park. Swimming pool is a perfect place to spend a summer day. It has slides and a diving board. There is plenty of grass to lay your beach towel on.
  • Level walking trails, shared with bikers along the beautiful Monument Valley Creek. Measured in miles to track your distance, spans many miles with varying picnic areas, playground off Fontanero, restrooms accessible seasonally, open grassy area for yoga, disc golf & more. Lots of dogs accompany their humans. My fav city park in the Springs.
  • This is one of my favorite parks. It goes on for miles. It is beautifully kept. Great place for a walk, jog, bike ride, or to talke the kids to play.
  • Went to YMCA outdoor pool. Very fun! Kids loved it of course. Because of the heat, it did get pretty crowded.
  • Great park. Pavilion was perfect for our family reunion. Parking is an issue especially the distance to the pavilion