Paint Mines Trail

EASY 224 reviews

Paint Mines Trail is a 3.4 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
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
334 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.

walking
1 day ago

My mom came to visit, I brought her here. She LOVED it. Beautiful rock formations! I recommend parking in the first parking lot and walking to the formations that way. You don't really realize what you're going to be walking up on!

6 days ago

beautiful formations, lovely colors...saw baby birds in a nest, rabbits, butterflies and lots of multicolored birds....so very beautiful if you take some of the side trails to get closer to the formations....we had 3 kids....but kept them from climbing...preserving the beauty for a long time to come....a must see.....

12 days ago

beautiful geological formations, so many awful people.

19 days ago

Easy hike, but amazing views. Feels like a different world. Very windy so be prepared. Best times for photo ops are sunrise and sunset.

22 days ago

Very cool rock formations! This trail is super easy but so so scenic! Climb up to the overlook too!

hiking
24 days ago

About 55 minutes from garden of the Gods. I would certainly consider this a diamond in the rough. You arrive in the middle of no where off a gravel road, to beautifully colored rock formations and hoodoos. The variety of colors is mesmerizing. Cotton candy walls and rainbow sorbet layers. Easy hike that winds through the park with a picture at every turn. @ruther_travels -instagram

27 days ago

Beautiful colors. It’s a nice change from the typical Colorado mountain hikes.

2 months ago

I wasn't planning on coming out for this trail but I'm glad I did! From the parking area (equipped with a bathroom!) it doesn't look like much but once you get down into where the formations are it's stunning! It would definitely be great during sunrise/sunset rather than in the blizzard I got but the trails are pretty easy and it looks like you can make your own loops! I just went to the formations and back but the trail intersections were marked and there was a little incline but nothing super difficult!

2 months ago

Okay hike if you live in Colorado. However, if you are visiting or don’t get outside much- there are much better options! It was cool to see the colors, though.

2 months ago

This is a great trail if you have friends or family visiting Colorado. They will absolutely be fascinated with this.

hiking
3 months ago

very easy but pretty place. only did about 3 miles but I like it out here

3 months ago

This place is beautiful ❤ to get here there is about an hour and a half of just road, no gas stations, no bathrooms. There is a couple of miles of only dirt roads. once you get there the first overlook has a very clean bathroom. The second overlook not far from the first has just a parking area. Again, this place is beautiful, it's like you are on another planet.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice place to take people when they come to visit from out of state or want to get out after just moving here . It has it's own beauty without taxing anyone physically. The formations are wonderful and the colors are beautiful. I would not do this hike in the late spring or summer but most any other time would be good.

hiking
5 months ago

I'd been saving this hike for a wintry day as a close-to-Denver alternative to a snowy mountain drive, and while it can't compete with alpine views, it does have a beauty of its own and I was glad to have made the 90-minute drive with the family in tow. Our toddler had fun exploring the short side canyons and ducking through "tunnels", and an owl sighting was a highlight for all of us. The exposure of the higher plains on the second half of the loop made it a cold and windy outing, so bundle up if you're going in winter!

7 months ago

Fun to walk around and take a million pictures! Easy carefree hike.

9 months ago

Geological features are very cool to look at, but some of the trails are super overgrown or washed out. You can make this a "choose your own adventure" type hike to avoid those areas though

hiking
9 months ago

The trails further away from the formations need some care. It looked just like a riverbed and was very overgrown.

The formations on the other hand where incredible! I suggest this hike to anyone since the painted clay deposits are truly a site to see.

hiking
10 months ago

Great gem of a place in Colorado. I just wish everyone else who was there paid attention to the couple of signs requesting for visitors to NOT climb on the formations to help preserve them for the future since they're fragile. I saw multiple people climbing on them, even parents taking their young kids up to the tops of the formations despite signage. Also no dogs allowed. I didn't see any today but have seen a couple photos on social media of people who have brought their dogs. Rules apply to everybody for the sake of preservation!

10 months ago

Lovely stroll with amazing sights!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice afternoon hike. The landscape was beautiful!

hiking
11 months 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
11 months 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.

hiking
11 months ago

Super kid friendly. Trail well developed.

hiking
11 months ago

Simply stunning

hiking
11 months 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.

hiking
11 months 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!

11 months ago

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It was fun. Very nice family hiking trail for all ages.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Very cool place to take interesting shots.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

easy hike. very unique rock formations. has an other worldly feel. worth the drive.

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