30 October, 2017

Colorful Geological formations - Interpretive Paint mines, Calhan, CO, USA

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For my last #TravelTale in October for #WriteTribeProblogger Challenge, I introduce you to an offbeat location in Colorado which is 35 miles South west of Colorado Springs.

Hoodoos PC: https://www.flickr.com/photos/snowpeak/6214045985

Around 35 miles from Colorado Springs, there is a place called Interpretive Paint mines park in Calhan. This is one of the offbeat locations and not a busy tourist place. 

This place with weird geological formations and sandstone hoodoos made of colorful clay and sand was existing since 9000 years ago. The native Americans used to collect clay from here to paint their faces and horses during wars.

Overall  View

Another view

This park features stone formations including spires and hoodoos which are formed by wind, water, and erosion through several years. The park has 4 miles of trails. The parking area is not very nearer, so you might have to walk some distance to reach the park.

From Parking area

Colors are not much visible here

The natural sandstone formations come in different colors from creamy white to orange to pink to gray and chocolate brown. These formations are very fragile and so this area is a protected site. But, we see that many people are climbing on the formations irrespective of the signs. Gradually, the colors are fading out with time as this is a delicate natural phenomenon.

Sunrise at the Park. PC:https://www.flickr.com/photos/davesoldano/

You can see pink and orange colors


We visited this place in the evening on a hot summer day. The colors of the formations look great during sunset. The windmills around are also eye-catching from the spot.

On the way to Calhan

Hurray! With this post, I completed #WriteTribeProBlogger challenge successfully :-)

It was not easy! I had to schedule some of the posts a week ahead, for some of the posts, I had to write in hurry but I enjoyed writing 10 #TravelTales about #Colorado. Hope you liked them too... What do you say?

Read my other #Colorado #TravelTales below:

1. A day with flowers and gardens, Denver, CO, USA

2. Hanging lake and hot springs, Glenwood springs, CO, USA 

3. Golden leaves and Gondola rides, Aspen, CO, USA

4. Rocky mountain national park #day 1

5. Rocky mountain national park #day 2 

6. Limestone caves and cliff dwellings, Colorado springs, CO, USA

7. Unique Statues and Ice Sculptures - Loveland, CO, USA

Until next time,

I am taking part in The Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge.

Stay in Colorado Springs:


  1. Such gorgeous pictures. I'm envious of the places you are visiting.

  2. Such beautiful landscapes. Lovely colors too.

    1. The colours are natural na.. that's why the place is special Lata

  3. You have been to some amazing places! Love the colors in the pictures. I was at a Limestone cave in Cherrapunji last week.

    1. Limestone caves and natural formations are interesting na Sulekha

  4. Lovely pix. So colourful. Have enjoyed visiting Colorado virtually through your photo blog!

  5. Lovely pictures, Mahathi!
    it's been there since 9000 years!! Wow! The best picture was the one with the blue-orange sky and the orange-pink landscape..How lucky you got to visit all those places, Mahathi!
    And, congrats for completing the Problogger Challenge! It sure was fun! :)

    1. Thanks Shilpa. Congratulations to you too for completing the challenge.iam glad you liked my travel tales.

  6. Lovely colours! And amazing natural phenomenon to see. I enjoyed your month long travel-tales to CO, this was great!

    1. Thanks Rashmi. Iam glad you enjoyed my travel tales.

  7. Wow those are some stunning images Ramya! Loved the click of sunrise. The colors are mesmerizing indeed!

    1. Ya. It's amazing Keerthi. I didn't click the sunrise image though

  8. Wow! Those natural colors would be so beautiful and unique. Lovely tour to Colorado all through the month. Good one, Ramya. Congrats on completing the challenge and doing it so well.

  9. Wow, what a gorgeous place! Those rock formations and the colors are one of a kind. Thank you for sharing these wonderful travel tales from Colorado throughout the month of October, Mahathi.It was fantastic. :)

  10. Wow! Those natural colours look amazing! Enjoyed your travel tales.

  11. Lovely pictures ! And I got to learn something-"The native Americans used to collect clay from here to paint their faces and horses during wars." I did not know about this

  12. Beautifully captured!

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