I've lived in Colorado for 33 years and have to say that visiting this incredibly beautiful location was like discovering a 'secret paradise'! I'd vaguely recalled hearing the name "Paint Mines", but really had NO clue about what's there until researching it online. It would seem that far fewer people in Colorado are aware of this location than those who are at least 'aware of' the Great Sand Dunes, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Mesa Verde, and even the Wheeler Geologic Area. It's only an hour and a half drive from south Denver, and I was stunned by the AMAZING COLORS there! But i'd caution visitors not to travel there in the middle of the day as colors will appear to be muted. I arrived obsessively before sunrise and made the 20 minute walk to the formations in plenty of time. I imagine that being there around sunset (bring a headlamp or flashlight) would be equally spectacular. I HIGHLY recommend this beautiful place to all curious adventurers and photographers!!
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