Colorado February 04, 2017
The One Place In Colorado That Must Be Seen To Be Believed
When it comes to the most geologic wonders in a single state, Colorado rocks! (See what I did there?) From the dramatic Red Rocks to the jaw-dropping Garden of the Gods, there is truly no shortage of these rocky treasures to go around! However, this one Colorado park in particular is truly one that must be seen to be believed:
Located near the small plains town of Calhan, the Paint Mines Archeological District is an incredible area chock full of "a unique blending of geological, archaeological, historical and ecological resources."
Thought to have once been home to Native Americans some 9,000 years ago, the Paint Mines are now home to a number of different eco systems, including the iconic badlands...
...and even wetlands and prairie.
Spanning an impressive 750 acres, the Paint Mines boasts 4-miles of walking trails, which are perfect for exploring on a beautiful Colorado day!
(If you thought the colors around the Interpretive Park were pretty during the day, wait until you see them at night...)
The area was designated by the National Park Service; is maintained by the El Paso County Parks Department; and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, Colorado State Register of Historic Properties, and U.S. historic district.
As per the El Paso County's
website, the Park can be found when you "Take 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."
To see even more wonders like this, take
This Natural Wonders Road Trip That Will Show You Colorado Like You’ve Never Seen It Before.