Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Calhan, CO
Length: 2.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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The park has a diverse ecological system and features colored clay and sandstone-capped spires. It is the perfect toddler hike for kids to walk and explore.  It is possible to take a single all-terrain stroller on this hike, but the trail must be clear of mud, snow, ice.  It is sandy in areas, so good sturdy shoes are recommended for hiking and climbing. From the parking lot you will start to hike on the Green Trail, take the first right to follow this trail and it will take you down towards the rock formations.  You will need to take another right towards the rock formations on the Green Trail and continue to hike and explore the rocks and caves.  There are no posted signs for the trails.  Feel free to stay straight on the trail from the parking lot and it will take you around and above the rock formations, but will add more distance to your hike. No animals are allowed on the trail.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 215 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Natural Play Area

There are unique rock formations and caves throughout the hike.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

If heading north on N Calhan Highway, take a right on Paint Mines Road, and be sure to park at the first parking lot off of Paint Mines Road which will be on your left. Restrooms are available.

Trail Contributor

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I have lived in Colorado Springs since 2010, and really enjoy hiking! I became active with Hike it Baby in April 2016 and fell in love with carrier hikes. I became a branch ambassador for the Colorado Springs branch in February 2018.  I now help with the national team with localized support and the LEAP program.  I currently host and enjoy toddler led and stroller hikes.