The Paint Mines Interpretive Park just outside Calhan opened in June, 2005, becoming yet another incredible park in the growing network of open spaces in El Paso County. There’s not much you can say about it that isn’t said HERE. You really have to go see it for yourself, but perhaps this audio-slideshow of the park at sunset can convey some semblance of the speechlessness it induces.

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12 Responses to The Paint Mines at Sunset

  1. Deb says:

    Cool – another Colorado treasure to check out!

  2. Bob Carnein says:

    Thanks for this–another cool surprise from the Big Something. Maybe this is where Van Briggle got the clay to build the Garden of the Gods??

  3. Karen says:

    The pictures are beautiful. The area is a little known secret in rual El Paso county. I wanted to let others know that dogs are not allowed on the trails so leave them at home before heading out that way.

  4. Chris N says:

    Fantastic photos! I have been to the Paint Mines a couple of times but never at sunset. Hopefully I will do that soon. Thanks! I really liked the west side alley slide show too.

  5. Heather says:

    Great photos Noel. It’s nice to know that we don’t have to jump the fence and sneak in anymore.

  6. Matt H says:

    Well done Noel. Its on the list of things to show guests. A Big Something indeed.

  7. Jeremy Van Hoy says:

    We went out there in April and it was WAY too windy and cold. We turned around after 30 seconds! This looked like a much better trip… love the late photo with your family in silhouette.

    Very cool!

  8. Tim says:

    Very nice! We have enjoyed this treasure for over ten years, and were so glad when it was designated as a park. I am amazed that you managed to capture the true colors and features, Noel! Thank you!

  9. Mike Procell says:

    Beauteous!! Deserving of a ‘sunrise sequel’…?

  10. Tim Bergsten says:

    I grew up near Calhan and attended high school there. The Paint Mines are still special to me. It was, and I’m sure it still is, a country kid’s paradise. As elementary students, we’d go there on field trips. Later, it served as an excellent place to take your girlfriend parking. We partied down at the Paint Mines after our high school graduation. I imagine there are still some of our beer cans there, washed over and buried by erosion. That was all back in the day, when the land was still owned by the Freeman family. Years later I found arrowheads there. It is a spiritual place. It’s easy to see why Native Americans were drawn to it.

  11. Barb Van Hoy says:

    Wow, I heard they were something to see and now I’m definitely going to get out there. Thanks Noel!

  12. [...] (Read the original post about the Paint Mines Interpretive park and get directions HERE.) [...]

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