Last Friday my friend Eva invited Mila and I to check out the Paint Mines Interpretive Park near Calhan, Colorado about a 40 minute drive from us with her and her daughters. This trip was so worth it! The sun was shining, the weather was warm and beautiful and hardly anyone was on the trail. It was the perfect Friday adventure. We packed lunches, brought our strollers and set out to explore the Paint Mines.
It was a lot of fun to get out, explore something new with friends! I had a great time. The rock formations were so interesting and the colors of them purple and yellow were stunning. The girls had a great time too. It did get windy, and the terrain was really rough, steep at times and muddy. There was still areas with snow but luckily not on the trail itself. At a few points I was pushing our stroller through mud, lol. I made sure to wear my hiking boots which helped.
Our stroller isn’t a jogger stroller so I don’t think I would recommend it, but we made it work and I was able to reach the Paint Mines with it. Eva’s jogger stroller had an easier time over the landscape. It was really nice when the girls were willing to just chill in the strollers while we chatted and walked along the path. As you may know everything takes longer with toddlers, lol, especially when they like to wander but we had a good balance of them exploring and us able to get to the destination. On All Trails the trail is listed as being a 3.4 mile loop, and though we didn’t do the trail exactly we probably walked a few miles.
It was fun for the girls to explore. At one point Mila was smelling the plants in the field with the wind turbines in the background. I kept calling her to come back on the trail and her friend Alice would grab her hand and lead her back to the trail. It was so cute to see them hang out together. Eva wore her baby in the baby carrier, she slept most of the way. What an adorable baby she is! It makes me so excited to have our very own baby to hold in a few short months. 🙂
The trail was definitely kid friendly. There were some steep areas but the girls got through them. It is also friendly for nursing mamas, as there were lots of benches around the park to sit and nurse if needed as well as to sit and enjoy lunch. Hiking this trail was also a great workout! I felt out of breath at times, but it felt so good to be working hard. I’m glad we packed a lunch because it was nice to get to the Paint Mines and sit on the bench and enjoy a delicious sandwich and snacks. I recommend bringing a light sweater or jacket too just in case it gets windy because the day we went it did get windy and got a little chilly.
The park is located pretty much in the middle of nowhere but is a beautiful little gem worth seeing. I highly recommend checking it out if you are ever in the Colorado Springs area!
Paint Mines Interpretive Park
Alice and Mila sharing strawberries, so sweet.
The bench in the photo above is where we had our lunch. What an amazing view before us! Here I am 24 weeks along in my pregnancy.What a precious shot of Eva and her baby girl and both her girls below! I absolutely love the purple and yellow tones in the Paint Mines, how beautiful.The Paint Mines themselves were really narrow. As a pregnant mama, I wouldn’t be able to squeeze through some of them. Mila however, was little enough to climb in for some cool pictures.
Our sweet little girl, getting so big at 2! 🙂 We have the City Mini by Baby Jogger stroller. I love it, and though it isn’t meant for this terrain, it worked but I don’t think I’d bring it again. In the future I think I will just carry Mila in our hiking carrier. I want to come again in the summer when the wildflowers are blooming everywhere, how pretty.XO,