Paint Mines Trail

EASY 126 reviews

Paint Mines Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Calhan, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
377 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

hiking
1 hour ago

11 days ago

Lovely stroll with amazing sights!

hiking
13 days ago

Nice afternoon hike. The landscape was beautiful!

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15 days ago

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hiking
27 days ago

I visited the Paint Mines at sunrise and spent a few hours hiking and admiring the formations. There was no one else around except the local long-eared jack rabbits. The early morning light really accentuated the shapes and made photographing them really exciting! I would absolutely recommend visiting!

hiking
27 days ago

My kids really liked this hike. It was easy and the distance wasn't bad. The rock formations are really impressive. It was overcast and therefore quite cool. I don't think I'd want to do this one when it's full sun.

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28 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

geocaching
1 month ago

Super kid friendly. Trail well developed.

hiking
1 month ago

Simply stunning

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy trail with a lot of reward. Brought a friend who was visiting and not used to hiking and he was fine. Got some really beautiful photos out of it and I like that it is pretty close to Denver.

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very cool! As far as actual hiking goes, it's pretty easy. There is ZERO shade, so hat/sunscreen/glasses/water. It was 85 degrees and breezy today (July 5), which was nice, but there's definitely potential for it to be scorching. If you want to do the full figure eight, from the main lot, my tip would be to go straight instead of turning right to the formations, keep left to do the entire grassy part, and loop back when you come to a choice of going to the formations or the other parking lot, saving the formations for last!

Different and very fun!! I would go during a cooler fall day because it can get too hot

1 month ago