Go Explore A Geological Wonder East Of Colorado Springs

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Does your student geologist need a new challenge?
Visit one of El Paso County’s newest parks, the Paint Mines Interpretive Park,
located just 50 miles east of Colorado Springs on Hwy 24.  It’s a
a short family drive, a spectacular hike and a young geologist’s dream.

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The trail head opens up to dramatic views of the
wind turbine farms east of Calhan County.

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Follow the trail marker labeled “formations” and it’s just a 10 minute walk
through lush prairies to the main attraction.

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The sensational multicolored rock formations date back as
far as 9,000 years.  Their many colored layers range from black and white, to vivid
yellows, oranges, bright pinks and green.

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The opportunities for exploring and rock hounding are endless.

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The park is made up of 750 acres of El Paso County-owned park land,
offering 4 miles of easy going trails.

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It’s a peaceful and beautiful place to spend the afternoon
with your little explorer(s).  A trip that will not disappoint.

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For more information go to the
Paint Mines Interpretive Park El Paso County Colorado website.

photos and article by Elizabeth Carter, President PPAGS

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