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The Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Closed Now: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Interesting Hike

This is a largely unspoiled area. It is a good stretch out to walk along the trail to the mines... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jessica H
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Interesting stroll

This is a park about 1 hour east of Colorado Springs - it’s out in the middle of the plains, a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Denver, Colorado
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“easy hike”(8 reviews)
Hours: Dawn To Dusk 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...more
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29950 Paint Mines Road, Calhan, CO 80808
+1 719-520-7529
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a largely unspoiled area. It is a good stretch out to walk along the trail to the mines with some up and down hill which might not be so easy for less able bodied people. Try and choose a fine dry day as...More

Thank Jessica H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a park about 1 hour east of Colorado Springs - it’s out in the middle of the plains, a rather unlikely location. However wandering amongst the outcrops of white, ochre and maroon rocks, the odd shapes and narrow canyons is an interesting afternoon....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Peaceful and majestic site with beautiful upclose views of layered sand. Great for kids to run around and see wildlife, rabbits running around. It's a beautiful natural beauty spot with little tourism disruption of the rocks. It's alittle out of the way but worth your...More

Thank Bleucrayon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must stop for geology fans. Or people who love the beauty that nature provides. We went late in the day to avoid the heat. Bring water. Sunscreen. It was nice and cool at dusk. So much so we needed sweatshirts. Teenager and...More

Thank gcbuilds
Reviewed September 3, 2018

I will confess that, due to certain circumstances on that day, we did not hike out into the formations as we had originally planned to do. However, much to my surprise, we were able to get some pretty good looks at them from various points...More

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Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

At first I thought the place was just ok. Kinda cool. As I walked back farther into the place it got neater and neater. You are surrounded by the formations that loom over you. There are enough that it took me about 90 minutes down...More

Thank RandomTraveler76
Reviewed September 3, 2018

If you are near Colorado Springs that is worth the detour. It is not even on the AAA roadmap. Be sure to watch directions closely: at the turn off highway 24 there is a sign that reads "1.5 miles". There are NO FURTHER DIRECTION SIGNS....More

1  Thank 3booths
Reviewed August 19, 2018

I’ve done a ton of hiking throughout the Rockies and the Southwest, but have never seen the variety of colored rock as in this park. An easy drive from Denver, Colorado Springs, and even Boulder. The park is relatively small, and can get a bit...More

Thank Wenwood
Reviewed August 19, 2018

I was so surprised when I found out about the Paint Mines--such a beautiful place I didn't know about in Colorado! I loved seeing the rock formations. Please be careful about staying on the trails--we saw a lot of people climbing all over the rocks,...More

Thank Adventuringemily
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I went with my brother and his family, just to check it out. I am so glad that we did, because it was beautiful. We weren’t able to stay long, but we will go back the next time we come to Colorado.

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August 10, 2018|
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Response from Ron T | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we used GPS. Go in the morning when it’s not so hot, take water, park on the second lot.
June 23, 2018|
Response from Joe S | Reviewed this property |
No vechicles of any kind. Foot traffic only. No dogs or horses.
June 21, 2018|
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Response from Buffer2014 | Reviewed this property |
If you park in the second lot, you can walk to the edge of the hill and view quite a bit from there. It isn't real close, but it's very doable.