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The Paint Mines Interpretive Park

29950 Paint Mines Road, Calhan, CO 80808
+1 719-520-7529
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Interesting geological features.

A little out in the middle of nowhere, but interesting. You could easily spend about an hour or... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Orlando, Florida
Your eyes won't believe what you are seeing!

Not a long hike, easy to do unless you wish to climb about, the colors and formations here are... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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29950 Paint Mines Road, Calhan, CO 80808
+1 719-520-7529
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A little out in the middle of nowhere, but interesting. You could easily spend about an hour or more walking around the trails in and around these interesting and colorful hoodoos. The most disappointing thing was seeing so many people disregarding the rules to not...More

Thank IPhotoggirl
Reviewed 6 days ago

Not a long hike, easy to do unless you wish to climb about, the colors and formations here are simply beautiful. This is a perfect example of mother nature doing some artwork. Not far from Colorado Springs, CO, there is an added attraction of seeing...More

Thank 409josephk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been here twice so far doing photographs. I'll come back. When the light is flat, the photos are flat. When the light's great, the photos are great. Just make sure you expect muddy clay, take extra shoes and a plastic bag for the shoes...More

Thank edwood27
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Great established paths lead to a small colorful canyon. There are easy as well as more strenuous paths to choose from. Several benches scattered around for those that need to rest or just want to sit and enjoy looking out over the area. Places to...More

1  Thank coloradomom83
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Excellent place with beautiful formations and Good easy hiking. Please respect the rules and stay off the formations so others can enjoy them as well.

Thank John V
Reviewed 6 March 2017

When I first moved out west, I thought this was much nicer than now that I have traveled extensively in Utah. That being said, the geology is different and you even get some purple colors on the rock. It is a small area and kids...More

1  Thank Dianne S
Reviewed 30 January 2017

We happened upon Painted mine on the outskirts of Colorado Springs while looking for a nice place for a hike with a young child. The location which is a resplendent badlands formation consisting of iron and sulfur deposits which stain the earth in a kaleidoscope...More

1  Thank ericl446
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We went on a cold windy day and that was a mistake but we will go back on a better day. The biggest issue was ice on the trails. Yesterday was warm day... The snow melted and ran down into the mine then froze back....More

1  Thank Anne R
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Such different terrain and a wonderful way to discover part of our history. We enjoyed visiting this park reminiscent of Badlands National Park, but far less busy.

1  Thank GabrielleAC
Reviewed 21 November 2016

One of Mother Nature's small gems, the Paint Mines in Calhan, Colorado are just right for a morning hike or family exploration, far from city noise and traffic. If you park at the first lot (which has a restroom of sorts) and start hiking in,...More

4  Thank ChevyHeaven
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LaVonne H
Can you drive through this park? We are disabled
9 January 2017|
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Response from R0gerT99 | Reviewed this property |
You can get a feel of the park from the lookouts but to appreciate it, you need to hike down to the bottom.
Karen S
Why aren't dogs on leash allowed?
11 May 2016|
Response from ROCtraveler30 | Reviewed this property |
Well, the short answer is because it is a County Parks Department rule, which are typically set to protect wildlife or fragile ecosystems (which this certainly is). But if you want more of an answer than that you need to... More
I am a photographer and I would like to take pictures of the night sky, but the park closes at dusk. Can I get a permit to stay after hours?
12 June 2015|
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Response from ColoradoJAK | Reviewed this property |
I agree with Hachitaeqs; I have never seen any parks services employee at the Paint Mines. However, I suspect the local "gendarme" will note any parked vehicles in the park's lots,and nosy locals might report parked... More