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The Easy Hike Near Denver That’s Loaded With Geological Wonders

One of the MANY perks of living in Denver is the fact that we live just a hop, skip, and jump away from some of the best hikes in not just the state, but in the country. If we had to pick one hike in particular to recommend that is not only easy and beautiful, but a flat-out geologic wonder, it would have to be this one that is located just outside of Colorado Springs:

Spanning a whopping 750 acres, Colorado’s Paint Mines Archeological District is an incredible area chock full of “a unique blending of geological, archaeological, historical and ecological resources.” Located an hour and a half southeast of Denver, the area is thought to have once been home to Native Americans some 9,000 years ago and boasts both 4-miles worth of walking trails and multiple eco systems. Designated by the National Park Service AND listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the Paint Mines are a true Colorado gem that must be seen to be believed.

As per the El Paso County’s website, the Park can be found by taking I-25 south to Colorado Springs and then “Hwy 24 east from Colorado Springs to Calhan, turn south on Yoder Road/Calhan Highway, turn east on Paint Mines Road and look for the designated parking area.” For even more easy hikes around Denver, click on If There Are Only 5 Hikes You Ever Do In Denver, Make Them These!

Annie
Annie is a freelance writer, content editor, and marketing whiz with a background in broadcasting and a passion for chicken nachos. When she isn't gushing about her love of Colorado, you can find her chasing after her two adorable sons and/or dreaming up a new home improvement project for her husband.