The Paint Mines Interpretive Park

The Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Calhan: Hours, Address, The Paint Mines Interpretive Park Reviews: 4.5/5

The Paint Mines Interpretive Park

The Paint Mines Interpretive Park
4.5
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Hours: Dawn To Dark. NO PETS Admission is Free! Located in the northeast section of the County near Calhan with approximately 750 acres. The paint mines have evidence of human life as far back as 9,000 years ago. The colorful clays were used by Native Americans. The park features fantastic geological formations including spires and hoodoos that were formed through erosive action that created incised gullies and exposed layers of seienite clay and jasper. The park includes a restroom facility, four miles of trails, interpretive signage, and many natural wonders.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Mangzz
Bradenton, FL97 contributions
A Must See
Oct 2021 • Friends
There may not be much in the small town of Calhan, but make the drive to see this park! Best to go on sunny day to experience the colors. This park is beautiful so try to hike the whole area, it's not that far. Lots of books to explore, the colors are amazing, a must see! Follow the windmills...
Written October 18, 2021
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WorldTravelerCO
Thornton, CO829 contributions
Hidden Gem
Oct 2021
The Paint Mines are gorgeous and a lovely day trip from the Denver area. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. No entry fee and you can spend hours exploring.
Written October 10, 2021
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goblue8799
Warren, MI32 contributions
Paint Mine is gorgeous!!!
Sep 2021 • Solo
What a great hidden little gem. Make sure to walk the trails...the colors are stunning!! Not crowded. Really cool park!
Written September 22, 2021
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Kathleen E
Columbia, CT72 contributions
Unique experience off the beaten path!
Sep 2021
Worth the trip from Colorado Springs! If you are looking for something different - stop here. It's about 45 minutes east of Colorado Springs. There are two entrances and one has a restroom. We walked down into the park and was amazed at what we saw. Very different types of structures on a well kept path. No dogs allowed though - and it was pretty hot the day we were there so be sure to have a hat and bring water. There are very few people here. A very unique experience and there is no charge to go to the park.
Written September 18, 2021
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JBRetired
Apple Valley, CA414 contributions
Unexpected side trip between I 70 & Colorado Springs
Aug 2021 • Couples
We were looking for a stop along US 24 and this was great. No it is not Bryce but worth a couple hours. Go down and walk the many trails between the rocks. It does require a short but steep walk down into the area. If your not up to it drive to the overlook. Try it you will like it
Written August 12, 2021
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Sally A
Vidor, United States32 contributions
Paint Mines
Jul 2021
Hard to do a great review. We had our dog and dogs aren't allowed, so we just looked from the edge. It's lovely and I'd like to hike it sometime.
Written July 19, 2021
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meezer3
Chicago, Illinois1,284 contributions
Love on the High Plains
Mar 2021 • Couples
This is a off the road Park we would never had known about if a local hadn't told us about it. We had all flown into Colorado Springs from Chicago, for a big family occasion, ... My Granddaughter and her new husband had some of their wedding images taken here. If the weather had been less windy I would have gotten more images, but being it was March I wasn't complaining. I got to stay behind in a warm car.
The Park reminded me so much of the Badlands, just a smaller version. The colors and erosion very similar. There drive took about 20 minutes or so. About 60 miles from Colorado Springs.
There are several areas to Park at along the road and no fees, either to park or for admission.
Paths criss cross the Park to different locations.
I would suggest rugged hiking shoes and jeans.. not high heels and a wedding gown. Lol. But that made the rugged rural feel and images much more special.
Written July 17, 2021
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Mona5500
Monett, MO53 contributions
Interesting beautiful place
May 2021
We spent 2 hours walking around taking pictures of the colorful rock formations. It was very well maintained.
Written June 14, 2021
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Bob B
Denver, CO349 contributions
Excellent!!
May 2021
First park in the over look parking lot. It's the second lot. This will save you walking up extra incline.
Bring a water bottle.
Beautiful walk!!

PLEASE don't climb on the rocks!!
Written May 23, 2021
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Icarus4335
Colorado Springs, CO517 contributions
Awesome hiking area
May 2021
Really nice hiking area if you're willing to drive a little out of the way. About 40-45 minutes from Colorado Springs, this isn't the biggest park, but the "paint mine" formations are amazing. They have several miles of trails and because of the hills, you will get a pretty good workout. My suggestion is to park at the southern parking lot at the top of the hill (labeled on the signs as the overlook parking lot) because it will be easier to get into the main area. If you park at the main lot, you have about a half mile walk up a large hill first. Definitely bring water and good shoes/boots to hike. They do have a bathroom on site at the main parking lot, if needed.

As a side note, please follow the rules and DO NOT touch the formations. There were signs posted about not climbing, etc. but unfortunately lots of people still let their kids climb on them, potentially damaging the rock formations.
Written May 23, 2021
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