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Palmer Lake 

Fun Facts

Just north of Colorado Springs, Palmer Lake is a quaint little town worth checking out.


Besides the lake, the Palmer Lake Star might be the most iconic aspect of this small town. The star is a 500-foot, five-point illuminated star that was built on the side of Sundance Mountain during the great depression as a way to "keep the town alive," according to the Palmer Lake Historical Society. The star has been restored twice, most recently in 2002. The Star of Palmer Lake has been shining since 1935, except for the WWII years. It is lit each year from December 1st until January 1st, as well as on the Memorial Day weekend. The star can be seen as you enter the Town of Palmer Lake on highway 105.


After the Civil War, General William J. Palmer moved west to establish Colorado Springs. He also started the Denver Rio Grande Railroad in 1871. Additionally, Palmer purchased what was known as the Monument Farms and Lake property, which later became the Town of Palmer Lake. Palmer Lake was essential to the General’s railroad because it provided water needed by the steam engines. Passenger trains would stop for 10 minutes to take on water, or passengers could get off for a day of picnicking, fishing, and boating or wildflower hikes for a fee of $1.50 roundtrip from Denver.


When you envision a classic Colorado mountain town, Palmer Lake is what you’ll probably see. With its picturesque lakes and mountains, Palmer Lake is a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. 
You can hike in the Pike National Forest, bike on the Santa Fe and the Front Range trails, and enjoy fishing in Palmer Lake. Palmer Lake is one of three lakes in the Tri-Lakes region, located at the northern edge of El Paso County and on the Palmer Divide between Denver and Colorado Springs. The three lakes in the region are Palmer Lake, Monument Lake, and Lake Woodmoor.


Downtown Palmer Lake is located on Colorado Highway 105 and features restaurants, coffee shops, a library, the town hall, and a historical museum. The Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts is a nonprofit fine arts venue that features rotating art exhibitions and concert events with nationally recognized artists. 
Downtown is also home to one of the most popular hang-outs in the area, O'Malley's Steak Pub. O'Malley's is family owned and operated, with a friendly and helpful staff. This place has been in business since 1986, and provides a welcoming atmosphere , great chicken wings, and grill-it-yourself steaks. If you are in the area, O’Malley’s is a must visit. You’ll want to stop by Rock House Ice Cream afterwards.

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Here are some commute times for popular areas from the Palmer Lake Neighborhood.
Colorado Springs Airport
44 minutes
Downtown Colorado Springs
30 minutes
Denver International Airport
1hr 2 minutes
Denver Tech Center
40 minutes

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Palmer Lake is in the D-38 Lewis-Palmer School District. In addition to the neighborhood schools, Monument Academy Charter School serves as a resource for residents in this area.


Palmer Lake Elementary School is the neighborhood elementary school


Lewis Palmer Middle School is the neighborhood middle school.


Palmer Ridge High School is the neighborhood high school.

Palmer Lake 

& Trails

There are some great things to do around the Palmer Lake Neighborhood.


The lake is at the heart of Palmer Lake. Non-motorized boats, such as kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boats, are permitted to float on Palmer Lake. All boats must be hand launched. Fishing is also permitted in Palmer Lake; however, you must have a valid Colorado Fishing License. Due to the heavy vegetation in Palmer Lake, swimming is not recommended, though it is still permitted.


The New Santa Fe Trail is 14-mile trail that follows the old Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad bed. This gravel trail follows a mostly straight and level line for the first 6.5 miles south from Palmer Lake. The trail continues through the U.S. Air Force Academy for the next 6.9 mile stretch of this trail and heads south towards Colorado Springs.


The Town of Palmer Lake backs to the 1,106,604-acre Pike National Forest. This National Forest is a dream for hikers, mountain bikes, and nature lovers in general. Access to the forest is convenient from the downtown Palmer Lake area, with plenty of available parking. One of the most popular trails climbs high above the town and passes by the massive reservoirs that supply the town with water.


Located just minutes north of Palmer Lake in Douglas County, the Greenland Open Space and Trail is a real asset for Palmer Lake residents. The open space offers 11 miles of trails, and is a great place to bike and hike, while the connected dog park is a lot of fun for you and your dog, not to mention the awesome scenery.

Frequently  Asked Questions

What kind of fish are in Palmer Lake Colorado?

In Palmer Lake, you can find Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike, Channel Catfish, Bluegill, and Yellow Perch. Hardcore anglers prefer the Palmer Lake Reservoir, more specifically the upper reservoir. The climb to the upper reservoir is a very steep, and strenuous climb, so make sure to bring the right shoes, sunscreen, and water. If you can make the climb, it is completely worth the effort. The upper reservoir is an iconic mountain lake. There is no motor vehicle traffic, and the difficulty of the climb limits the number of visitors, so the area is peaceful and serene. The upper reservoir has Brook Trout, Colorado River Cutthroat, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Tiger Trout.

Can you get in the water at Palmer Lake?

Yes, non-motorized watercraft are allowed on the lake, as is swimming. Due to heavy vegetation in the lake, swimming is not recommended.

How deep is Palmer Lake?

Near the pier at the north end, the lake is 8-10 feet deep, and it gradually gets shallower until it's only 2 feet deep at the south end.
The water level in Palmer Lake varies during the time of year, without rain, the lake loses water at a rate of 3 feet per year due to evaporation, primarily during the summer months. When Palmer Lake is full, it can hold up to 110 acre-feet of water. This is the equivalent of 326,000 gallons.

Does Palmer Lake allow chickens?

Yes, but with certain conditions. The town has recently amended the ordinance pertaining to fowl like chickens and ducks. The new ordinance uses square footage as the guideline for the number of chickens or ducks. Check with the town's documents for the ordinance.

Where is Palmer Lake?

Palmer Lake is located at the northern border of El Paso County. As you drive north on Highway 105, you will pass through the center of the town with the lake being on the east side. There is plenty of parking along Highway 105 and a newly-constructed bridge will take you over the train tracks to the main part of the Palmer Lake park.

Where does Palmer Lake's water come from?

Natural springs along with annual rain and snow are the main sources of replenishing water for the lake. Over the past 100 years, water from the Palmer Lake Reservoir was used to fill the lake using a pipeline that connects the lake with the reservoirs.

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