Painted Hills, Prineville

4.7
Must see · Geologic Formation · Scenic Walking Area
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. Painted Hills is named after the colorful layers of its hills corresponding to various geological eras, formed when the area was an ancient river floodplain.
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  • After visiting the Sheep Rock Unit, we drove 50 minutes to Painted Hills. We did this during our road trip as we made our way from Boise to Bend on Wednesday 9/9. Neither area required any fees...  more »
  • The Painted Hills Unit is one of three units that comprise the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. You do not need to go to the visitor center before seeing the Painted Hills Unit (though the...  more »
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  • Our favorite of the John Day fossil beds NM.
  • A must visit once in a lifetime for northwest dwellers. Strongly recommended also going to Blue Basin

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