The Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Calhan

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  • Great established paths lead to a small colorful canyon. There are easy as well as more strenuous paths to choose from. Several benches scattered around for those that need to rest or just want to sit...  more »
  • Excellent place with beautiful formations and Good easy hiking. Please respect the rules and stay off the formations so others can enjoy them as well.  more »
  • When I first moved out west, I thought this was much nicer than now that I have traveled extensively in Utah. That being said, the geology is different and you even get some purple colors on the rock....  more »
  • Absolutely loved this excursion. A nice, easy hike. The "painted" formations were very pretty. Like a smaller, less glamorous Grand Canyon. There were lots of other hikers there, with their dogs. The only downside is that there was some dog turds on the path. The windmills in the background are a nice bonus. There is also a rodeo about a mile away, so that could be a fun day trip: hiking in the afternoon and then a rodeo in the evening. Also, see if you can find this chubby face when you go to the mines!
  • I love going to the Paint Mines Park. It is an unexpected treasure when you start driving to the eastern plains. Although there is almost always someone else there,the Paint Mines area rarely crowded. Photographers love the place. It looks slightly different each time, depending on the lighting. It is best explored by walking down among the formations. All of my out-of-state visitors have enjoyed it.
  • Great place for a hike and some photos. It's about a 30-mile drive from Colorado Springs to the small parking lot, then a walk on well-maintained, unpaved trails to see the formations themselves. The trails do wind back and forth, up and down, so dress for the weather and bring your water bottle! The colors out there are really striking, kind of like a miniature version of Arizona's Painted Desert.
  • It's really cool! A beautiful area to have a nice little hike around, and there is so much breathtaking natural geology to look at! If you have kids that enjoy climbing over rocks and exploring little caves and whatnot they will love it here.
  • Going there tomorrow and just wanted to clear up some info in the reviews that talked about lots of dogs there and letting your kids climb the formations/explore the caves - both are prohibited. I'm glad I looked at the park brochure before going because based on the reviews here I was going to bring my dog, which is not allowed. Also no one, including your kids, are allowed or should be climbing the formations - that will ruin them and let's please let them be for others to enjoy.