The Paint Mines Interpretive Park is a unique formation hidden away off the beaten path in Calhan. The park was only recently aquired by El Paso County. The mines had been abused for decades and the trash and graffiti had to be cleaned up before the park could be opened to the public.
Gulleys are cut into the clay and sandstone from years of wear from the elements. Archeological finds of ancient pottery, tools and other artifacts seem to enforce the belief that the mines were once frequented by Native American tribes. The colored clay is thought to have been used for pottery and paint.
The colors and formations, called 'hoodoos' stand out starkly against the landscape. The natural sculptures are ever changing with each rainfall as they have been for hundreds and thousands of years.
I was entranced by this particular formation, which looked like a sandcastle one would expect to find on a beach by the ocean.
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