Paint Mines Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Calhan, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
Easy to moderate trail with some inclines. Great views of the Paint Mines, prairie, and Pike's Peak. Can get muddy after rain, as the trail is a lot of clay. Washouts often can be mistaken for trails. The full figure 8 trail is 4 miles, but shorter routes are possible. No dogs, horses, bicycles, or motorized vehicles permitted.
Beautiful geologic formations on a sunny autumn day! Well worth the trip out.
It was fun and I got a lot of scratches:):):):):):): the best day ever
Very cool rock formations. The kids loved it! We'll definitely come back.
Nice trail and views. Close to Colorado Springs, while on a somewhat smaller scale then I've seen before it was very beautiful and quite colorful. Easy trail.
Beautiful walk through. Open to light the whole way, no shade. Perfect walk about for families though as it is non strenuous. Beautiful formations!
8/6/16 - A unique hike/walk if you're in the area. I don't know that I would call it a destination hike but if you're in the Co Springs area and tire of the Garden's traffic this is a nice change of pace. It's basically in the middle of nowhere but can provide some beautiful plains views coming back north. Very unique formations that I've never seen before. It keeps getting better as you get into the trail. Lots of killer rabbits too. No shade so be prepared.
Far out place to get lost with your headphones on. Felt like I was on Mars
Cute little trail to hike. Just walked and enjoyed the sun. Don't forget your cap ;-)
Good hike for kids, but little shade.
Nice easy hike! Great for the kids. The one trail to mines is easy to travel, the other trail is easy but over grown with brush sometimes as tall as I am, about 6ft.
NO DOGS ALLOWED
A previous reviewer wrote "great place to bring your dogs". Please be aware, dogs and horses are NOT permitted at Paint Mines. Bikes are not permitted either.
Nice hike, I would rate as easy, great for kids, but keep them off of the formations. Did in route to other hikes further out. Nice break from driving.
Wouldn't have known about this trail if it wasn't for my wife. It is a unique destination, we had a fun time. Great place to bring your dogs. You can also see huge windmills in the distance, which I always enjoy.
This was an amazing geological phenomenon to visit. I couldn't believe all the colors of rock and the hoodoos that were formed by water and wind erosion. Luckily, I checked the county website that stated that pets aren't allowed, so our dog stayed home. We forgot to actually hike, because we were so amazed by the views of the plains and all the rock formations around us. It's quite a place to experience, not just to hike around. The wind was quite strong during our visit, but it dies down once you enter the canyon-like area.
I'ts ok. This park is a small sample of Palmer Park in the center of Colorado Springs with similar shale and erosion sculptures. I would stop at this park only if you are within 30 minutes of travel, otherwise go to Palmer Park with its extensive trails, trees, & small desert wildlife. And like others have pointed out, very windy; bring light cover.