Rock and clay formations that children think look like Neapolitan ice cream will be open to the public later this summer as a park. The area is in northeastern El Paso County and will be called the Paint Mines Interpretive Park.
The county is making the 800-acre site a park to protect it. The Paint Mines got their name because American Indians once used materials there to make paint and pottery.
Wind and water eroded the landscape and left behind clay formations with huge sandstones on top. Iron oxides make the colors -- which fade from yellow to brown to purple to white and other colors.