I, Zeb the Duck, got to go with the humans to Paint Mines in Calhan. Calhan, Colorado, is southeast of Denver and northeast of Colorado Springs.
Here we are. Mmmm, this doesn’t look to exciting yet.
Mom, I’m sitting by cactus and I don’t see anything different. Walking on wide paths, suitable for strollers and wheel chairs, up the hill we go. Nice. A bench to rest. Look at that. Down the hill I see white formations.
Now I’m getting excited.
These white formations look interesting and were unexpected for me. And more.
Now I see lots of white and gold clay. One of the signs at the entrance said the colored clay was used by naive American Indians to make colorful pottery.
These formations were all naturally formed. Sun, rain, snow, sleet, wind and all elements made fascinating shapes. Walking further, this area looks different.
In addition to the brilliant white, I am seeing some red clay. Continuing along, we take another side path. These paths are more difficult, but look what we saw.
Red, white and gold. Isn’t this great? Further along, we now have some red layers in the white clay.
This is a wonderful place. And I wasn’t sure we should walk back here? So glad the humans insisted. This cave is a natural shelter.
Humans are believed to have lived here thousands of years ago and I bet they used this shelter. Oh wow!
Don’t these look like giant cupcakes? OK, now you know, we have been eating cupcakes this week. And ours also had white frosting. But this is beautiful.
We hope this panorama shows you the colors and intensity of these paint mines. Humans say it is really hot here, and we have been wandering around for more than two hours. Time to leave. We have only seen about half of the area. I bet we will come back here again.
This sign tells a little about this land. We liked the sign and hope you will enjoy it also. This is definitely a good place to come and explore, learn, and just have your senses filled with the wonders of nature.