Paint Mines Interpretive Park

The Paint Mines Interpretive Park is one of El Paso County’s most unique open spaces. The Paint Mines are named for their colorful clays that were collected by American Indians to make paint. Brightly colored bands, caused by oxidized iron compounds, are found in varying amounts throughout the many different layers of clay.

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. This park is open year round, requires no entry fee, and is ocated within three miles from the closest bus route.

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Address: 29950 Paint Mines Road Calhan, CO 80808 | Get Directions

Check out Paint Mines Interpretive Park through this video from El Paso County Recreation and Cultural Services: