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Paint Mines Interpretive Park (PRGM)

November 5, 2017 @ 7:15 am - 4:00 pm


TYPE: PRGM | PACE: Conversational | TERRAIN: dirt trail. Optional hoodoo climbing and getting dirty. | DISTANCE: Approx. 3-5 miles| TIME: 3 hours hiking time plus travel|

Description: Located in the northeast section of El Paso County near Calhan with approximately 750 acres, the paint mines have evidence of human life as far back as 9,000 years ago. The colorful clays were used by Native Americans. The park features fantastic geological formations including spires and hoodoos that were formed through erosive action that created incised gullies and exposed layers of seienite clay and jasper.

Watch a video about the Paint Mines Interpretive Park on the County’s YouTube Channel.

On this adventure, a local ranger will give us a custom tour. She will cover the following topics:

Why it is an important location – where prairies and montane species meet, short-grass/long-grass prairies (endangered habitat), what this area looked like 65 million years ago and what created the hoodoos and why they look like they do now. This includes some very basic geology.

The history of the area, the archeological past and the items which were found during that study. From paleo-Indians, Spanish settlers, native Americans, white settlers through today.

After our tour, we will have “free time” to explore the hoodoos, climb in the caves, and look for fossils. Afterward, we’ll grab lunch at Roosters Grille and Pizzaria. (bring lunch money!)

Meeting/fees/carpooling: We will meet at Starbucks. Please park in the larger Target parking lot, freeing up the Starbucks for others. From there, we will organize into carpools and caravan to Paint Mines, which is about 90 minutes away. We will meet at 7:15, leaving no later than 7:30. Please remember to set your clocks back Saturday night one hour so you’re on time Sunday! Sorry, no refunds.
Carpooling: We will need volunteers to drive. After signing up, please email Chris ( to let her know you are willing to drive. Your carpool-ees will share driving expenses with you.
If you are coming from Colorado Springs, we can meet you at Paint Mines. Contact Chris or Kim for more details.

We will be driving on dirt roads, but you do not need a 4-wheel drive.

The cost is $12 for everyone. This money goes toward the guide and Walk2Connect expenses. You may also want to include a few dollars to pay for your carpool gas. In addition, you will need money for lunch.

Weather/what to bring: Being November, the weather can be anything. Plan accordingly. It is VERY bright in the hoodoos because of the reflection off the white quartz and clay, so if we have a bright day, be sure to bring sunscreen and sunglasses.

Your walking leaders: Kim Haller, Walking Movement Leader, is famous for her mountain meanders, and Chris Englert, Member-Owner, is famous for her Denver Neighborhood urban hikes, invite you to this fun adventure. You can reach Chris at 303 507 7280 via text/call or in social media at @urbanhikingDEN for questions/concerns/comments.


November 5, 2017
7:15 am - 4:00 pm
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Chris Englert
chris (at)


Starbucks Northfield
7990 E 49th Ave
Denver, CO 80238 United States
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