Paint Mines Interpretive is a hiking trail in El Paso County, Colorado. It is within Paint Mines Interpretive Park. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 6,779 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 518 feet. Paint Mines Interpretive Park W, Paint Mines Interpretive Park S, and another parking are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. Along the trail there are bare rocks and a bench.
Paint Mines Interpretive Professional Reviews and Guides
"Every visitor to the Paint Mines delights at the sight of what appears to be rainbow sherbet–colored rock formations melting into the prairie. Their thrill continues as several paths lead them into the park’s shallow canyon of spires streaked white, gold, pink, and lavender. Few forget their ﬁrst sight of this rare prairie jewel."
--Maureen Keilty , Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"This loop hike in Paint Mines Interpretive Park traverses prairie grasslands to an eroded badlands of colored sandstone used by ancient Native Americans for paint and pottery.
The Paint Mines Trail explores the high prairie and an unusual badlands south of Calhan in eastern El Paso County. The single- and doubletrack trail has easy grades, interpretive signs, and lots of history. It can be hot in summer, and there is no shade. Wear a hat and bring plenty of water.
No dogs allowed."
--Stewart M. Green and Tracy Salcedo, Best Easy Day Hikes: Colorado Springs - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides).
Great review, Charlie. I am inspired!!
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