The Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Calhan

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104 reviews
  • August 14, 2017
    Less than an hour drive east of Colorado Springs and you'll find mother nature in her glory with natural erosion over millions of years displaying structures and colors matching a micro version of the...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This is a favorite destination of ours, but this summer is especially the time to go. Rains have made this desert park bloom like it hasn't in years. The rock formations are scrubbed of their usual du...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This is a multi-orgasmic trail with plenty of photo opps! Worth the drive and a very amazing destination.  more »
  • June 1, 2017
    A very nice day hike and very doable even for younger kids. There is a lot of exploring that can be done on the many side trails and each with their own unique view to discover. There is no nature center, and little signage, but it's not easy to get lost as there is a lot of wide open views to get your bearings with. I've been twice and neither time did I see much wildlife, but the landscape and rock formations make for an exciting hike anyway. There are bathrooms at the parking area which is a plus, and it's a quiet location with plenty of space to enjoy a natural wonder.
  • June 17, 2017
    A nice trip out of Colorado Springs. It was windy and cold when we went in early March. So be prepared with warm and windbreaker jacket a plus!!! We enjoy learning and exploring. So beautiful and lots of ground to cover. Will visit again.
  • May 31, 2017
    Great for photographers! Lots of layers and interesting formations. Decent hiking trails are mostly on tye easy side. The park is an okay size, but the formations occupy a smaller area than I expected. It is definitely worth seeing and photographing, especially if photography is your thing, but is a little underwhelming if you're coming from an area close to the mountains.
  • June 12, 2017
    Our family loves this place! It's so great knowing about this gem on the plains side of the state. It's an easy hike for small kids. No pets though.
  • February 9, 2017
    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!

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