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Monument Valley Park, Colorado Springs
(3.9/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I like going to this park. First of all i'm a railroad nut and this park abuts the now Union Pacific railroad. Trains go by regularly. This park has pavilions that can be reserved for group outings. T...  more »
  • It's an empty stretch by downtown along the busy highway with a creek. Grass is kept green. The highway noise is ever present. There are a lot of homeless people loitering at the entrances. Parking ca...  more »
  • Some of the most beautiful vistas ever. This is a photographers dream come true. Both of my cameras are full! 
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  • I love the North end of the park where the pond on Glen Avenue is. It's so peaceful and gorgeous. There are benches, a picnic table and a path going around the pond. The geese just had babies, my daughter loves to feed them bread :) North of the pond is a flower garden with a gazebo that is very serene. I've also heard it is a wonderful place for yoga, jogging, and biking but haven't done so myself as I just recently started going here. I can tell you that I will be going back soon for some afternoon yoga!
  • Very nice park overall. Has some rentable covered seating for parties but they have to be reserved. Alot of homeless live in the area. Has a public pool with very cheap rates and a large playground. There is 1 baseball field near the middle of the park. Park is typically clean and well taken care of.
  • It's very pleasant here. It's a large park, great for walking, riding a bike, playing pickleball, and much more.
  • One of my favorite parks in the area, and that's saying a lot. There's something for everyone here: fields for play, trees for picnics, tables for picnics, trails for running, walking, or cycling. Water fountains if you forget your water bottle and a nice, peaceful feeling even though you're in the center of downtown. My only major complaint is the state of the waterway next to the park, which is in dire need of a major cleanup.
  • This park is one of the oldest in the city. It's a beautiful park with many trails, playground, swimming, and much more. Huge trees probably as old as the city.