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“much smaller than we thought.”

The Paint Mines Interpretive Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Calhan
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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 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.
Reviewed May 31, 2014

I was greatly underwhelmed by the park. Yes it was pretty with colored clay. It was also dead heat and small and claustrophobic feeling. There isn't anything to really be seen there that can't be seen at the Garden of the gods. Wish I would've spent my Saturday somewhere else than driving 2 hours there.

2  Thank angrybear86
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

Wow, this spot is amazing. I am so glad I found it here, on Trip Advisor before heading out to Colorado, because if you blink, or don't know where to look, you would miss it. Its in the middle of literally nowhere, but there is a small flagstone marker and a tiny parking lot, you must look for it. Once you park your car, you have about a 1.5 mile hike to get down to the formations. Hike down (remember, you must hike back up) and although not a challenging hike, if you aren't in semi-shape, or disabled forget it. What we found at the bottom is nothing short of spectacular. I could have stayed for hours. It was snowing and very, very cold, but sunny. The formations just were outstanding, nothing man can make will ever replace what the earth can make naturally. GO SEE THIS SPOT!

5  Thank urban_girlie
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

This park is an excellent place to visit if you are in the Colorado Springs area. It features numerous geological wonders within the park area which can be reached by short hikes going from feature to feature. If you park at the first Overview Parking area you can get down to the best formations the most quickly. Take the time to hike about 4 miles of trails. It will be well worth it!

6  Thank Bill B
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

Why is this not a National Park? Really impressive hoodooes to enrich a pleasant stroll/walk/hike in exceptionally peaceful surroundings. Take water and a hat as you'll probably stay longer than you planned. Not far from the big cat centre at Serenity Springs, so a great way to spend a day out from Pueblo, Colorado Springs or Denver.

2  Thank turkishjim
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

I had no Idea that such thing would exist in the middle of nowhere. We heard from it from someone in downtown and headed out for it just out of curiosity. It seemed like noting could be out there but was amazed to find these colorful rocks. It was worth the trip.

Thank Muntasir
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