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Season: Year Round weather permitting
Fees: No Fee or Permit Required
Here you may find the most colorful of
geological display in the John Day Fossil
Bed National Monument.
I've illustrated a couple of short hikes
that under the correct conditions provide
some of the most beautiful rock formations
in the state of Oregon. Because your views
are mostly to the east, the afternoon is by
far the best time to visit this area. A
blue sky help accent the red rocks, but they
are fantastic nearly any time and under almost
any condition if you can be there in the
afternoon or evening.
There are placards along the way describing items
of interest that add much to your walk through
The Painted Hills Unit is located 9 miles northwest
of of the town of Mitchell. Three miles west of Mitchell,
turn north on Burnt Ranch Road from Highway 26. Travel
six miles up Burnt Ranch Road and turn left onto Bear
Creek Road to enter the monument.
A Virtual Hike of the John Day Fossil Bed National Monument