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The Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Calhan

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  • Hiking 4 miles of easy dirt trail w/good signage, benches to rest where needed; culminating in most colorful part of this Park near trail's loop end: great for pics & viewing. Finished with a picnic.....  more
    Hiking 4 miles of easy dirt trail w/good signage, benches to rest where needed; culminating in most colorful part of this Park near trail's loop end: great for pics & viewing. Finished with a picnic.....  more »
  • This park is a miniature version of what one would see much further west at Bryce Canyon in Utah, and well worth visiting because the colors of the rocks are so unique. The park has several parking... 
    This park is a miniature version of what one would see much further west at Bryce Canyon in Utah, and well worth visiting because the colors of the rocks are so unique. The park has several parking...  more »
  • This place is literally in the middle of nowhere. We thought our GPS was taking us the wrong way but there it was. There are several miles of trails you can take but to honest some of them aren't... 
    This place is literally in the middle of nowhere. We thought our GPS was taking us the wrong way but there it was. There are several miles of trails you can take but to honest some of them aren't...  more »
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  • I loved the Paint mines!!!! They are so pretty!!! The trails are easy to read and are an easy hike! I had such a good time walking around and experiencing the joy of nature! The colors were so unique which I thought was so cool! I can't say I'm mad about my experience at all! If you're ever in the area and want a really cool place to visit, I'd highly recommend this location.
  • I went early to avoid the crowds and glad I did. It’s a very interesting area with lots to explore. When coming from the parking lot, you don’t see the coloring on the rock/clay formations but keep walking! The pinks and yellows are gorgeous. There are other hikes around the area with a definite marked trail system. Given I was still adjusting to the elevation in Colorado, I didn’t make it the entire loop. It’s free exploring and definitely worth the visit.
  • Beautiful, unique and very clean geological formation park, with strict rules. This shows at least that the park is really caring. The Paint Mines have a free car park, clean rest rooms and park rangers you can bombard with questions. The ways are very good for hiking. Would definitely recommend coming here. It’s just 30min from Colorado Springs by car.
  • 10/11/22. The rock does not look like any of the pictures posted. It’s not worth it to drive 45 minutes to see mostly white clay. But if it’s something that you must come, here is what I can shared. If you want to see just the rocks, then go to 4 and 5 on the map. For a good walks, then do 1 and 2 but nothing to see. After I did 4 and 5, I did not bother to do the rest. Have fun.
  • Very unique park in Colorado! Well-kept, beautiful views of both the formations and of the plains, and you can walk 3-4 miles around the trails or you can do a brief walk from different parking lots to see the bulk of what you need to see. We went on a cool/cloudy day and we are SO glad we did — there is zero shade, so it probably would’ve been unbearable in the heat. It’s a two hour drive from Denver, so not sure we would go down again, but it was totally worth seeing once!

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