Calhan Paint Mines

I’m not gonna lie, I was exhausted today!  Yesterday’s hike was intense and wore me out.  I was supposed to hike Pikes Peak today, but when everyone else canceled I was ok with this and rested instead.  However, when I got up I felt like I’d been cheated out of a perfectly beautiful hiking day, so I tried to think of a way to fix this. 

I’d already put in a full day by 3pm, but my girls were still sleeping (don’t judge, it’s summer).  They  aren’t big fans of intense hikes, but they do like the outdoors, so I gave the option of Red Rocks, Cheyenne Mountain, or the Calhan Paint Mines.  Rebecca chose the paint mines, so I told them to all put on some hiking gear while I made dinner, and afterwards we were off for an evening hike. BTW, THANK YOU GRANDMA for the hiking shorts!  We all dressed in them, despite not planning beforehand 🙂

It was a 40 minute drive from the house, but close enough to be totally worth it!  It’s kind of like a mini Painted Desert. 

There are several areas to hike in

As soon as we got there and hiked the 1.5 miles in, I took a shadow selfie.  Just because.  

The only downside was it was really, really, really windy.  I mean, really windy. 

 But the girls had a great time exploring the formations. 

Emily found a birds nest up high and climbed to get a better look. 

I loved seeing them jump from rock to rock, confident in exploring and having fun!

Oh, don’t mind Emily’s hair.  Like I said, it was REALLY windy, and Rebecca offered her a hair tie, and this was the result.  She’s getting it cut again this week…

Author: Laura M Clark

Mom, Solo Colorado 14er Finisher, Outdoor Enthusiast, Traveler, and Girl Scout Leader with an MBA in International Business and Marketing. I value adventure, growth, courage, wisdom, integrity, accountability, and family. I enjoy yoga, wine, whiskey, traveling, reading, and the outdoors. I strive to be the person who inspires and motivates myself and others to succeed.

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