Trails traveled: Paint Mines Trail, Difficulty: Green (Easy)
Out-n-Back, 2.3 miles round-trip, 250ft elevation gain
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: Clear, Sunny
- Geological Formations
- Colorful Colorado
- Southern Colorado
- Good for kids
Today was a beautiful day. I didn’t see hardly any clouds in the sky most of the day. Especially around lunchtime, the weather was perfect.
On a day like today, getting outside, enjoying the sun, going on adventure, all sounded like great reasons to make the drive down to Calhan, Colorado to see the Paint Mines.
Paint Mines Interpretive Park features 4 miles of easy hiking around hoodoos and spires with a special color from the mineral deposits in the rock and sand that formed there. It is a geological phenomenon from the various layers formed that has in recent centuries become uncovered and now are frequently visited by Coloradans and out-of-town tourists.
This hike was perfect for my kids and I. It was an easy trail that is well taken care of. I was able to use my umbrella stroller to help my youngest get around without too much difficulty. There is some sandy spots that the the stroller struggled through and a couple of places that I ditched the stroller completely and carried my child, but for the most part it worked out pretty well.
The older kids loved looking at the formations and playing in the sand created by erosion. It was a very unique rock formation and visuals that made the trip worth it.