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.
The trail head opens up to dramatic views of the
wind turbine farms east of Calhan County.
Follow the trail marker labeled “formations” and it’s just a 10 minute walk
through lush prairies to the main attraction.
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.
The opportunities for exploring and rock hounding are endless.
The park is made up of 750 acres of El Paso County-owned park land,
offering 4 miles of easy going trails.
It’s a peaceful and beautiful place to spend the afternoon
with your little explorer(s). A trip that will not disappoint.
For more information go to the
Paint Mines Interpretive Park El Paso County Colorado website.
photos and article by Elizabeth Carter, President PPAGS