El Paso County is high into the Rockies, to see some of Colorado’s most gorgeous sites for any hiker. There is a magical geological formation just a mile south of the town of Calhan rise over 500 feet in elevation. The area is known as Paint Mines Interpretive Park located 30 miles east of Colorado Springs.
The prehistoric and historic occupation tends that once mined by the Native Americans as long as ten thousand years ago in their pottery and ceremonial purpose.
The prehistoric and historic occupation tends that once mined by the Native Americans as long as ten thousand years ago in their pottery and ceremonial purpose.
The prehistoric and historic occupation tends that once mined by the Native Americans as long as ten thousand years ago in their pottery and ceremonial purpose. The wonder of nature showings many colors of clay from yellow to pink, red to orange, hoodoos, and capped spires. The unbelievable stone shapes textured the 750 acres of this park due to the exposure of water, wind, harsh weather, and erosion.
El Paso County is high into the Rockies, to see some of Colorado’s most gorgeous sites for any hiker.
El Paso County is high into the Rockies, to see some of Colorado’s most gorgeous sites for any hiker.
There are fragile stones archaeological significance of the artifacts has been formed for many centuries. The array of rainbow colors of sandstones and clays was used for arrowheads make the region a Technicolor marvel for any traveler. Each year the Paint Mines Interpretive Park is visited by geological enthusiasts, hikers, bird watchers, nature lovers, and anyone looking for an ethereal escape.
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There are fragile stones archaeological significance of the artifacts has been formed for many centuries.
There are fragile stones archaeological significance of the artifacts has been formed for many centuries. Photo Credit – Manorama Online
The best time to visit the area is evening or morning either in spring or fall. Therefore, avoid going after a downpour as the clay areas tend to get muddy and difficult to walk.  The colors of nature relaxed you with the light change to see the shapes of rocks. Though it is a paradise for hikers, anyone who is interested in nature can enjoy the serenity and unusual rock formation.
The best time to visit the area is evening or morning time either in spring or fall.
The best time to visit the area is evening or morning time either in spring or fall. Photo Credit – coyotitos.com
Paint Mines Interpretive Park is protected by law due to its fragile environment. There is no entrance fee; however, hikers are restricted to the trails. You cannot allow bringing animals as rocks are too easily broken. Also, dogs, motorized vehicles, bicycles, bikes, horses, and camping are not allowed in the area.
Paint Mines Interpretive Park is protected by law due to its fragile environment.
Paint Mines Interpretive Park is protected by law due to its fragile environment. Photo Credit –  Community Services Elpasoco
However, what sets these trails apart from so many others isn’t their challenging peaks, but their extraordinary geological formations. However, while these strange shapes with their explosions of colors have been formed over many years, they are fragile, too. Paint Mines Interpretive Park trail is about 3.4 miles. That is heavily trafficked features stunning wildflowers, diverse ecological system, with a grouping of prairie, wetlands, and badlands. Which attracts songbirds, coyotes, falcon, snakes, hawks, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, horned toads, and rabbits.
Paint Mines Interpretive Park trail is about 3.4 miles.
Paint Mines Interpretive Park trail is about 3.4 miles. Photo Credit – fort Carson Mountaineer
The unbelievable stone shapes textured the 750 acres of this park due to the exposure of water, wind, harsh weather, and erosion.
The unbelievable stone shapes textured the 750 acres of this park due to the exposure of water, wind, harsh weather, and erosion. Photo Credit – Nomad Colorado
The unbelievable stone shapes textured the 750 acres of this park due to the exposure of water, wind, harsh weather, and erosion.
The unbelievable stone shapes textured the 750 acres of this park due to the exposure of water, wind, harsh weather, and erosion.

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