Friday, July 24, 2020

Denver Diaries: Paint Mines + Elizabeth Roadtrip

Possibly one of my favorite things in Colorado, Paint Mines Interpretive Park is an easy drive southeast of Denver. Plus, the park is free to explore and everyone in the family will love it. Giant rocks of varying pinks, yellows and bright whites emerge as you walk along the pathways. The colors are caused by oxidized iron compounds that are found in varying amounts throughout the rocks. It kind of feels like it could be in Star Wars, but also on an Instagram model's feed. You can spend hours getting lost in the canyon-like bits or hiking around the top looking down at everyone trying to find the best angle with the pink rocks. 
Once you're done exploring the geologic formations I suggest driving north to Elizabeth for lunch at El Abuelo Family Restaurant. They do classic Tex-Mex food in a friendly atmosphere. Once your done hop back in your car and drive down to Main Street for adorable storefronts and a great little brewery.
Elizabeth Brewing Company is in a two story building with a great taproom up top. They make various types of beer but if they have a pine-y IPA, I suggest it. 
After you've downed a sudsy beverage, make your way back to Denver. Hope you've enjoyed this lil roadtrip — xoxo darling, Hayden.

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