Denver, CO is maybe not your #1 on a getaway list, but its surrounding landscapes surely are spectacular. One of the places around Denver that you need to add to your trip priorities is Paint Mines Interpretive Park in Calhan.
One of a kind experience that you will never forget, Paint Mines is home to colorful sandstone hoodoos like you can't see anywhere else. The locality dates from 9,000 years ago, and the multi-color clay that is still visible today was used by the Native Americans to make pottery.
Apart from the hoodoos, Paint Mines also displays different geological formations that make the place a unique spot to spend a day with the entire family.
Depending on the position of the sun, the sandstone formations change their colors and shades between purple, chocolate, orange, grey, and rust, and the best time to visit is at sunset and sunrise. The spectacular beauty of these fragile structures is protected by law. No motor vehicles or camping is allowed on the site, and if you plan to visit, you can only walk around and look, don't touch or come too close to the spires.
The trail loop around the hoodoos is over three miles, and no off-trail explorations are permitted. The entire environment looks so unreal that leaves an impression that it can fall apart with a strong wind. As a matter of fact, these geological wonders were created by water, wind, and earthquake activities throughout centuries.
Paint Mines Interpretive Park is one of the greatest geological wonders that the world can witness today. Seeing these colorful sculptures by the Artistic hand of Mother Nature is one of the most impressive things that you can visit from Denver, CO. To get to the park, drive half an hour south from Calhan, and prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience.
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