Paint Mines Interpretive Park
- Paint Mines Interpretive Park, 80808 Calhan Colorado United States
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The park has a diverse ecological system, with a combination of prairie, badlands and wetlands that attracts coyote, mule deer, song birds, horned toads, falcons, and hawks.
The park has 4 miles (6.4 km) of trails that rise over 500 feet (150 m) in elevation. It covers 750 acres (300 ha), containing grassland and geological formations of hoodoos, colored clay and sandstone-capped spires. The site is protected by law because of the fragile environment, as well as the geological and archaeological significance of the artifacts, rocks, animals and plants.
Each year the park is visited by birdwatchers and hikers. It is also an outdoor geological lab.
Driving and parking near Great Smoky Mountains National Park are strictly regulated during the two-week P. carolinus mating season. Would-be visitors are required to park at the Sugarlands Visitor Center and wait for a trolley to take them to the viewing site.
On weekends there may be a four-hour wait for transportation.