Paint Mines Trail

EASY 49 reviews

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.

3.6 miles 398 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

muddy

snow

no dogs

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.

4 minutes ago

Nice little family hike. Beautiful place

15 days ago

Paint Mines is a really cool place. Could spend a whole day just exploring it.

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

One of our favorite local hikes. The site is very fragile, so no dogs, bikes, horses, and be careful where you climb. There are three parking areas, the biggest has the outhouse facilities, the others are smaller and less busy. Very unique scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Unique surprise spot east of Colorado Springs.

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2 months ago

Beautiful geologic formations on a sunny autumn day! Well worth the trip out.

hiking
2 months ago

It was fun and I got a lot of scratches:):):):):):): the best day ever

walking
2 months ago

Very cool rock formations. The kids loved it! We'll definitely come back.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful walk through. Open to light the whole way, no shade. Perfect walk about for families though as it is non strenuous. Beautiful formations!

walking
4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

Far out place to get lost with your headphones on. Felt like I was on Mars

hiking
4 months ago

Cute little trail to hike. Just walked and enjoyed the sun. Don't forget your cap ;-)

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike for kids, but little shade.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.
http://adm.elpasoco.com/CommunityServices/ParkOperations/Pages/PaintMinesInterpretivePark.aspx

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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.