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Painted Hills, Prineville

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The Painted Hills is a geologic site in Wheeler County, Oregon that is one of the three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument along with Sheep Rock and Clarno. It totals 3,132 acres (12.67 km2) and is located 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Mitchell, Oregon. The Painted Hills are listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. The layers of color for which the site is named can be traced back to cycling periods of wet and dry climate conditions associated with the transition from the Eocene epoch to the cooler, more temperate Oligocene epoch. The different layers of colors are due to the soil being composed of a combination of mudstone, siltstone, shale and lignite.
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  • I have always heard many people speak of the painted hills and now I am so very glad that I went to explore it for myself. This is truly a beautiful area full of wonder. There are plenty of trails... 
    I have always heard many people speak of the painted hills and now I am so very glad that I went to explore it for myself. This is truly a beautiful area full of wonder. There are plenty of trails...  more »
  • Breathtaking! When we went it was right before the sunset. Nobody was there so it was an incredible experience. I actually thought pictures I have seen are definitely edited but incredibly enough... 
    Breathtaking! When we went it was right before the sunset. Nobody was there so it was an incredible experience. I actually thought pictures I have seen are definitely edited but incredibly enough...  more »
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  • Signature of Bend. Must visit!
  • Beautiful place. Wanted to sit there all day.

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