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Amazing Hidden Gems in Colorado   U.S.A

Started May-19 by Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 143 views.

Amazing Hidden Gems in Colorado

 Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Calhan

One look at it and you are certain why Native Americans from 9,000 years ago used clay from here to make exquisite pottery. Centuries may have passed by but the Paint Mines Interpretive Park is still a natural psychedelia.

Strange geological formations formed by wind, water, and erosion which change position, size, and expression with movements in light cover the entire region. A rainbow of colors as far as your eyes can see create an enchanting landscape – orange, purple, white, rust, brown.

The Park is covered under a protected area since the astonishing formations as well as the animal ecosystem within the area are considered extremely fragile. It is for this reason that camping, motorized vehicles, and domesticated animals such as dogs aren’t allowed within the park.

A designated trail is set for visitors and they are encouraged to stick to it and not wander around the sandstone formations.

Canyons of the Ancients, Towaoc

An outdoor museum, Canyons of the Ancient comprises over 6,000 archaeological sites which makes it home to an unparalleled amount of historic ecological reserves. Though it is a lesser known fact, the area can offer a lot of insight to anyone who is intrigued by Native American cultures.

Reportedly, a lot of rock formations within the museum are from the Ancient Puebloans era, a community which is believed to have left around the 1100s. The diversity of culture and nature within the national monument provides a brilliant opportunity for enthusiasts to observe, experience, and learn about how the various prehistoric communities lived and survived overtime within the nation.

For those of you, who prefer a bit more adrenaline rush, Canyons of the Ancients offer various outdoor activities such as camping, biking, and hiking through the beautifully preserved yet secluded canyons and amazing ruins.

Cheyenne Mountain Nuclear Bunker, Colorado Springs

You may or may not have noticed the bunker from popular movies and sitcoms, but, the Cheyenne Mountain Nuclear Bunker is presumably America’s most recognized semi-secret base!

The construction of the bunkers started in 1961, and by 1966, the Nuclear Bunker wasn’t only fully operational but also the headquarters of North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) which controlled the country’s air defence during the Cold War and protected the Western Bloc from being attacked by missiles from the Soviet Union and its allies.

Even though the bunker’s infrastructure prevented it from shelling, ground invasions, EMP blasts, and natural disasters, it could not be protected from the advancements in time and technology.

tThe five dedicated centers which once protected the whole nation slowly moved to a nearby airbase, and by 2000’s, the bunker only had a maintenance crew which looked after it, in case the country needed a backup location.

You can’t definitely enter the bunker but a closer look from the streets is definitely worth a visit.

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