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The Paint Mines Interpretive Park

29950 Paint Mines Road, Calhan, CO 80808
+1 719-520-7529
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Paint Mines on the Plains

This historic and beautiful park is a worthwhile trip from Denver. It is approximately 1-1/2 hours... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Mini Badlands

That is what this reminded me of..a very mini Badlands! The colors are beautiful. If you are... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2017
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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.
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  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
29950 Paint Mines Road, Calhan, CO 80808
+1 719-520-7529
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

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 parking lot, and also a toilet facility. It is a quarter mile hike...More

1  Thank TheHandbagGuide
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

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 than that, beautiful. Looking forward to having...More

1  Thank leona o
Reviewed 13 September 2017

First off, we pulled into the parking lot and could only see a grassy field with a dirt path. We had driven all the way from Denver so the first impression was that this road trip was a bust. Could not have been more wrong...More

1  Thank Suzi K
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Short hike, very pretty scenery. We went on a hot day, would have been much more enjoyable on a cooler one. We were there about an hour- gorgeous and worth seeing!

Thank TropicalGem5
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Awesome place to come to. Either to fly a drone or catch milky way pictures behind the rock formations.

1  Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

I'm not a big hiker but I really enjoyed this hike. My husband and I enjoyed the peace and quiet of the Paint Mines. Along the trails are interpretive signs. As you look over the rock formations and onto the prairies, you can almost imagine...More

3  Thank Esc_CA_native
Reviewed 14 August 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 Grand Canyon, Painted desert and Moab all blended into one. Wear...More

Thank MarkV709
Reviewed 13 August 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 dust, as are the trails, making the colors more...More

2  Thank Foodandfrolic
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This is a multi-orgasmic trail with plenty of photo opps! Worth the drive and a very amazing destination.

Thank Robbie S
Reviewed 30 July 2017

This is a pretty basic 3 mile loop, but it is absolutely stunning. It reminded me of Bryce Canyon on a MUCH smaller scale. On the weekends, I would suggest getting there before noon. It was starting to get busy as we were leaving. There...More

Thank BrittanyB64
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17 June 2017|
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Response from ElPasoCountyParks | Property representative |
Admission is Free - El paso county park staff
LaVonne H
9 January 2017|
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Response from ElPasoCountyParks | Property representative |
Sorry you can not as it is a walking trail. - El Paso County Park Staff
Karen S
10 May 2016|
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Response from ElPasoCountyParks | Property representative |
Due to the nature of the park and the preservation of the area this is the only park we do not allow dogs. - El Paso County Staff