Whimsy & Wilderness

A Colorado Adventure Blog

Exploring New Worlds

Last Friday I took the day off to explore the Paint Mines Interpretive Park located in southern Colorado in a town called Calhan. Most have never heard of this hidden gem, but I promise it's well worth the trip. It's home to amazing geological formations colored in bands of pink and yellow. Their tones come from oxidized iron compounds in the clay, which Native Americans used to create paint. Walking among the spirals and hoodoos will make you feel you as if you landed on another planet. It's unlike anything I have seen. It's free to visit and only a three mile loop. No dogs are allowed, and bring plenty of water if you go in the warmer months, as there's no shade cover. I stayed for a couple of hours wandering this other world. Quite the dream for taking photos. Below are some of my favorite photos from the trip. Enjoy!

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Anyone else see the heart?

Anyone else see the heart?

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