The Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Calhan

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  • I will say that the children on the field trip appeared to enjoy exploring the rocks and crevices. My average rating is due more to how it rates compared to Garden of the Gods...or other rock formatio...  more »
  • This historic and beautiful park is a worthwhile trip from Denver. It is approximately 1-1/2 hours travel time and you'll find directions on the park's website. The main entrance has the larger parkin...  more »
  • That is what this reminded me of..a very mini Badlands! The colors are beautiful. If you are unsure of your footing, do not use the west parking lot. It has a fairly steep grade and no traction. Other...  more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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