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Paint Mines, Colorado

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by DMLarson, Jun 25, 2015.

  1. DMLarson

    DMLarson Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 19, 2014
    This spot is about 40 miles northeast of Colorado Springs, Colorado, or a few miles outside of the town of Calhan, Colorado. It is an interpretive park maintained by the county of El Paso. There is no use fee. There are a few miles of good trails that cross the prairie in this park. The paint mines themselves are a small eroded area in the middle of the prairie. It is a short walk, approximately 1/2 mile, to the rock formations from the nearest trailhead, and about another 1/4 mile to the end of the formations.

    Native Americans used this area in prehistoric and historic times to mine clays to use for ceremonial paints and painting pottery.
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    Last edited: Oct 23, 2016
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  2. Tenpenny

    Tenpenny Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 16, 2015
    Nampa, Idaho
    Brent Watkins
    I'm jealous of how much you get around! I'm a sucker for unique geology. The color and light on shot 4 almost makes it look like some of the rocks are illuminated from inside. Beautiful country and great photos.
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  3. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 30, 2014
    That reflected light is killer.

    Reminds me of pictures of Painted Hills in Oregon but on a much more intimate scale. Never seen those in person either.
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  4. Very nice. You should visit Cathedral Gorge State Park in Nevada. It's about 90 miles west of Cedar City on US 93.
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  5. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Some of those rock formations remind me of capaddocia in Turkey
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  6. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Thank you! What a treat, though I'm bummed too. I grew up in the Springs and visit every year. I was unaware of this bit of paradise. I will definitely plan an adventure on my next pilgrimage.
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  7. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana

    I was trying to remember this group of flowers and leaves which look vaguely familiar. The contemplation was long, but Sweet peas?
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