Painted Hills Unit

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The Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is named for the colors found in the hills from various geological eras. Located roughly 9 miles northwest of Mitchell, Oregon, it is one of the three units that form the national monument.

Local Info

There are several short trails in the unit that allow you to get close to the hills. Due to the fragile nature of the clay hills, walking on the hills is prohibited in order to preserve them for others to enjoy. The Red Hill Trail, Painted Cove Trail, Leaf Fossil Trail, and Painted Overlook Trail are all roughly about 1/4 mile long and allow you to get closer to the hills. The Carroll Rim Trail is the longest run in the unit, and climbs to the top of Carroll Rim where 360-degree views of the monument and surrounding areas await.

Visiting Tips

The seasons can change the look of the monument (wildflowers in the spring and snow in the winter), making it a great place to visit year round.

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