The trail starts with a quick, half-mile walk to the first formations. These first formations were just a tease of what was to come and we knew it. We still stopped to take pictures but tried not to get held up at what we knew was a lesser stop.
We continued down the muddy and snowy trail a little further to finally find the the epic valley of red and orange striped spires poking out of the ground. When we came over the ridge and saw the entire layout from above, we were in awe, giddy, and stunned all at the same time.
Once we saw other people down in the canyon, we knew we had to go in and see what was hiding below.
We hiked back out and sat in the parking lot to share our pictures with one another and talk about how much fun the day had been together. We all agreed that the park was much more magical than any of the pictures or reviews had made it out to be!
We respected him, the warning sign, and the formations themselves and kept off of them this time. We still spent hours exploring around the formations and hiking the surrounding trails.
February 2021 - Our Engagement Photos
My favorite trip to The Paint Mines thus far (and probably will be ever) was when John and I went down here to take our engagement photographs!
It was romantic, picturesque, and just absolutely perfect.
If you want to see more from our engagement photos inside The Paint Mines - and from our other photoshoot locations - please check out my “Top 5 Places to Photograph Engagements” guide, HERE!
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