Located in El Paso County, the Colorado Interpretive Paint Mines is a very interesting location to capture imagery. Colorful selenite clays and jasper create a rainbow colored playground of weird exotic formations including spires, hoodoos, gullies and likely a bunch of other funny named shapes. While the colors lend themselves to color photos, the shapes are often better represented in black and white so you may find yourself in a bit of a creative pickle.
As is usually the case best times to photograph here are sunrise and sunset, with a caveat. Since the structures are actually located somewhat below ground level (like a miniature canyon), best light is actually about an hour after sunrise and about 1.5 hours before sunset. If the sun drops too low you simply end up with too much shadow on everything.
This destination is well out of the way of the majority of locations listed on this site. As such it can only be combined with “Garden of the Gods” or as a stop on the way to/from “The Great Sand Dunes National Park“.
Difficulty: The location requires a minimal amount of hiking/walking but should be fully accessible to most people.