In the middle of the prairie in east-central Colorado you will find a spectacular sight that most people probably don't even know about - Paint Mines Interpretive Park.

What you will find about five miles from the small town of Calhan is a badlands-type of area filled with spires, hoodoos, gullies, and sculpted walls made of brightly colored clay deposits.

The clay formations of the Paint Mines are delicate and they aren't made for climbing, but you have four miles of hiking trails that wind through 750 acres of decorated features. Along the way, evidence of human life as far back as 9,000 years ago.

No pets, horses, or bikes are allowed as conservation and preservation are the name of the game. They do have picnic tables and restroom facilities available.

If you are planning a Colorado vacation put the Paint Mines on your intinerary. You will want to pick up a park map and don't forget the camera!