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Painted Hills, Prineville

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Must see · Scenic Walking Area · Geologic Formation
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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  • This is a must-see and to revisit. It is beautiful and full of wonder to walk around and sit and enjoy these surroundings'. Wear comfortable shoes and bring some water and take the time to do some...  more »
  • Very much worth seeing - they are spectacular! Numerous trails you can take and lots of photo opportunities. The rock colors are beautiful! Go early - we got there around 9 am, before the crowds...  more »
  • 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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