Paint Mines Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

muddy

snow

no shade

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
no shade
4 days ago

hiking
no shade
6 days ago

It was a nice hike. Not TOO crowded on a Thursday late morning. Was about 62 degrees and was a tad warm with the direct sun. I can see on a day of 75, it would feel very hot.

6 days ago

We did the entire set of loops. There is not much to see on the far side, but the trail was empty. The areas near the paint mines were crowded, especially with people climbing on the formations. Still, it was beautiful.

hiking
8 days ago

Took the trail to the formations, super cool to walk around and explore (without climbing). Just by walking around we still did almost 3 miles. We decided to just head back to the car and not do the rest of the trail after reading the other reviews and also a storm was heading towards us. Highly recommended for something different!

hiking
8 days ago

Very cool park. Be sure to get there early. We arrived around 8:15 and had the park mostly to ourselves but by the time we completed the loop, it was packed and cars were parked down the road. To anyone planning on going, PLEASE respect the park rules.

10 days ago

The paint mines are incredible!! the people with dogs however...were not. walked right past the signs and still proceeded to go down the trail even watched several people tell them no dogs allowed... VERY packed Saturday. Lots of kids running around all over.

hiking
11 days ago

More people off trail then on! Not much scenery other than rolling hills and wind mills past the paint mines.

11 days ago

Outside of the actual paint mines, this trail wasn't that appealing to us. The best bet would be to go the short was into the mines instead of taking the bigger loop.

hiking
12 days ago

Completed the 3.5 mile figure 8 trail today. This is my new favorite hike. From gulley to ridge, back to a gulley. Yep...then a ridge. Super easy with amazing views. Very crowded on a Friday. There is a bathroom at the first parking spot and tables at the others.

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13 days ago

Fun, scenic, photo ops, highly recommended. We didnt stay in on the main trails but had a blast exploring.

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17 days ago

3 parking options, so don’t worry if the first lot is full! Very hard to socially distance in the park, soo many people! Very easy hike/walk around the mines.

hiking
17 days ago

Interesting walk. Get there super early or it gets busy

hiking
no shade
23 days ago

Worth going but on Mother’s Day it was very crowded. Parents and their kids were climbing on the formations that are off limits. Tough to see people ruining these features. Please stay off them if you go. Much quieter and less crowded trails away from the formations.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful place, not so much a hike, but a good enjoyable walk. Absolutely something to see if you live in Colorado. Beautiful! Please don’t climb on the rocks, stay on the trails.

hiking
25 days ago

What a neat spot way out east of the city! Enjoyed walking around the historical rock formations. Leisurely stroll, plenty of parking during the quarantine.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike to formations area from north parking lot. There is a steeper down hill section but it is short. Gorgeous clay colors but lots of people walking on top of the formations unfortunately. This place is one of my favorites and I would definitely bring visitors from out of town on a weekend visit as it is a short-ish (day trip) drive from Colorado Springs/Denver. Recommend going later in the afternoon/off times to avoid crowds when it is easier to social distance.

hiking
1 month ago

hiked on a Monday at 10am. the backside we saw no hikers. at the formations closer to the parking lot there were several families. everyone tried to keep their distance and several couples had masks, as did we. the backside trails were getting a bit overgrown but otherwise a nice lazy hike with the family.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hoodoos! Great family trip. #explorecolorado

hiking
1 month ago

Not too much of a "hike" and also in the middle of no where. But, the painted mines are very cool. This is a great place to bring a family. Your kids would love all the caves.

walking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Please explain why no dogs?? So lame!

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Really easy trail! I consider this more of a scenic park to visit instead of a hike but it’s still really pretty. The rock formations are beautiful but it was SO busy (i think because of quarantine everyone is getting out). I also ruined my shoes due to all the mud in the caves lol so be aware!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike, no mud. Unfortunately waaaay too many people here right now. And many of them ignoring all the signs climbing all over the formations, bringing their dogs, going off trail . This is why we can’t have nice things!

hiking
2 months ago

Five stars for the trails, which were dry. A majestic take on the Great Planes and an easy contemplative hike (walk) suitable for kids and those with mobility issues. Zero stars for our HUGELY disappointing fellow hikers. Despite numerous signs asking folks to stay off of the formations there were 20-30 selfish folks who simply ignored them to climb all over delicate structures. Many ignored the "no dogs" rule and brought Fido so he could crap at will. About 60% of the hikers had no clue about physical distancing and crowded others on the trail. So, it's great natural diversion but be prepared to be disappointed by many selfish and unaware fellow humans.

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rocky
2 months ago

I took my five year old son today so it was a very slow meandering pace...lots of mud everywhere. The snow and mud were actually really cool in the paint mine area...pink and yellow mud, runoff, ice cycles are pretty cool. The majority of the trail outside the mines isn't very exciting though.

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muddy
no shade
2 months ago

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muddy
snow
2 months ago

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