Paint Mines Interpretive Park is one of Colorado's many hidden gems. Located near Calhan, the park has 750 acres of these "paint mines", a mix of incredible geological formations ranging from spires to hoodoos (one of my favorite words). There is a wild mix of colors in these formations, encouraging early Native Americans to visit the region for making dyes, colored pottery, etc.
Today, it's an Interpretive Park with little to no traffic at any given time. We spent a couple hours exploring the area and only saw two other people there the entire time. Like many places in Colorado, this feels like you're in another world, something straight out of Jurassic Park. If you ever visit, don't walk on the formations, they're super fragile. It's an amazing place to visit though.
Posted on August 2015
by Jordan Winn