Hours: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: 170 W. Cache La Poudre St Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Amenities: 153.4 acres with Baseball/softball fields, soccer field,tennis/pickleball courts (lighted), basketball courts, sand volleyball area, fishing (two ponds), picnicking (small and large group picnic shelters), playgrounds, walking and biking paths, access to the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail, outdoor pool, geologic column and historical rock structures. This park is also home to Horticultural Art Society Demonstration Gardens and City Greenhouse. It also houses the historic Tahama Spring, one of the mineral springs for which the City was named. Flooding in 1935 and 1965 badly damaged the memorial pavilion and font, today little more than a slab remains and it is easily overlooked. The Popcycle Bridge at the north end of the park is a favorite feature for locals! Monument Valley Park is one of the community’s most utilized parks. Cyclists, runners and dog walkers travel the trails while citizens have picnics, play tennis or pickle ball and play on the sports fields.
History: Monument and Fountain Creeks are part of the heritage of Colorado Springs. In 1806, Zebulon Pike followed their waters up from Pueblo. In 1869, General William Jackson Palmer, searching for routes for the Kansas Pacific railroad, stopped near Monument Creek, which he thought would be a perfect spot for a town. Palmer’s vision for an ideal community included parks for its people to whom he deeded more than two thousand acres of parkland between 1871 and 1907. The largest and most treasured of Palmer’s planned parks was Monument Valley Park. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, two miles next to Monument Creek became a “park for the people” with 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. In 1914, Spencer Penrose added the Monument Valley Municipal Swimming Pool. He and his wife Julie regularly strolled there on weekends.
Monument Valley Park was placed on the Register of Historic Places in its centennial year of 2007.
Volunteer: Connect with the Friends of Monument Valley Park.
This park is managed by City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services (719) 385-5940