Spent a couple of days here on a trip from Seattle to San Francisco. The whole area is amazing. Started at Clarno and did various trails round the Blue Basin and in the Painted Hills. The rock colours and formations are stunning. The visitor centre really helps you to make sense of the fossils and to understand geology, especially when you see it in real life on the trails. What was surprising was how few other people there were - you had the place to yourself. We stayed overnight at John Day. If you have time, it's an interesting town to use as your base to see this area.
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