Just when you think you surely must be in the middle of nowhere
the ground opens up to reveal
a little gem of a park.
Painted Mines Interpretive Park preserves
land that has been inhabited for 9,000 years.
Native Americans used the colorful clay for pottery and paint.
Homesteaders used it for bricks.
Erosion created a fine array of hoodoos and spires.
It's quite an interesting hole in the ground,
and it's only an hour away from Moondance.