Calhan, the highest non-mountain town in the U.S., is home to the breathtaking Paint Mines Interpretive Park. An easy hike for the entire family and ideal for your next social feed backdrop, the colorful geologic site showcases signs of human life as far back as 9,000 years ago. Pack a picnic and wander the enclaves. Each June, this eastern Pikes Peak region town hosts the annual El Paso County Summerfest. Established as a water station for the railroad, onlookers can still see the former Calhan Rock Island Railroad Deport building still sitting in its original location.
Can’t-Miss - There’s nothing like a Paint Mines sunrise. Listen carefully for the howls of the site’s coyote pack.
Local’s Favorite - Refuel at Roosters Grille & Pizzeria, a hidden hole-in-the-wall sports bar with a great menu.
Distance from Colorado Springs - 35 miles