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.
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.
You aren't supposed to climb around on the formations, because they damage and erode, but everyone does anyway. It makes it a bit frustrating, because nobody follows the rules here. There were also dogs running all over. Please read regulations before exploring, people!
Otherwise, It was pretty to look at, and very interesting to see the formations. Due to the weather, a lot of the trail was complete mud but I don't knock off any points for that! It does take away from the beauty a bit that there are telephone/power poles surrounding the place :(
Great place for Hiking and shooting pictures.
This is an easy walk with little elevation gain/loss. It's fun to scramble around and explore the coves, nooks, and crannies. My young kids especially loved the exploring and the nearby windmills.
Other notes: There are bathrooms at the main trailhead and a few benches scattered throughout. There are no trees at all, only grasslands and shrubs; so you will be exposed to whatever wind and sun there are on that day.
Good winter hike. Wouldn't want to hike it in the summer due to no shade. We went today 35 degrees and sunny. Perfect day to explore the formations. A lot of side trails.
fun for kids although mine were a little too young to fully enjoy all the climbing opportunities
Easy walk. Kids love exploring every nook and cranny of the rocks and maze-like canyons.
This has been known has a "hidden gem" for awhile now - I'm not sure how hidden it is anymore but it's still a gem.
Rabbits run everywhere, the trail is super easy (it's not really a "hike" more of a walk) and the colors from nature really are something to see in person.
I've been twice just to take photos, and both times it has not been crowded at all. Great sunrise and sunset photos.
Definitely worth checking out, especially if your passing by or live in Denver and want a fun afternoon treat.
Beautiful! We went on a warmer winter day, it was perfect.
One of my personal favorites, although I do really wish folks would follow the dog and horse rules for this place.
Nice little family hike. Beautiful place
Paint Mines is a really cool place. Could spend a whole day just exploring it.