Archive for the Paint Mines Category


Winter Flora Along Trails at Calhan Paint Mines in Colorado

We walked among a very dry landscape at the close of winter and the beginning of Spring. Its stark beauty is quite different from what we would have seen in the summer at the Calhan Paint Mines. Some trails led off onto the prairie, others took us above the formations and the final part of […]

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These Colorful Rock Formations Look Like What?

As always, I got lost in taking pictures at the Calhan Paint Mines and my hiking partner passed me by. So did another hiker. As I came around the bend I heard my hiking partner laughing with this gentleman hiker. She had thought I was right behind her and had pointed to a rock exclaiming, […]

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Paths Into Colorful Formations at the Paint Mines Park

As we walked across the prairie, the path started to climb upwards. The large rock at the top had a big smile on his dinosaur face, and we were soon to discover why. He had a magnificent view of the largest area of the Paint Mine formations that visitors get to view from above, the […]

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White Chalk Formations with their Yucca Companions

┬áIt was hard to fathom how beautiful pure white formations could be unless you are walking among or above them. We hiked for a long stretch of Prairie, then looked down to see these are views that resembled looking into White Sands in New Mexico, but much harder lines and more colors intermingled in the […]

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Calhan Paint Mines Offers Wonderful Formations

There is a rich diversity of life out on the Colorado prairie that is rarely seen by visitors, as the mountains are the biggest draw. The Calhan Paint Mines is an archeological district on the plains of Colorado that has a very diverse ecological system that includes prairie, wetlands and badlands filled with fantastic formations. […]

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Hiking in the Colorful Paint Mines in Calhan Colorado

Now for a completely different type of hike out on the Colorado Prairie. One has to drive about an 45 minutes out from the edge of Colorado Springs to get to Calhan where the Paint Mines Interpretive Park is located. This is one of the most spirit renewing hikes I have ever taken. I was […]

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