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Small park with fabulous views

Great photo ops here with few people around. Fossils can be found in other sections of the John... read more

Reviewed October 23, 2018
San Ramon, California
Worth the drive

We were running short on time to get to our destination, but the detour was so worth it! The hills... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
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All reviews central oregon colors change nice picnic area blue sky beautiful hills short loop visitor center john day fossil beds the main highway great photo ops every corner great drive crater lake different colors national monument is state park mitchell
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Reviewed October 23, 2018

Great photo ops here with few people around. Fossils can be found in other sections of the John Day National Monument, but this place is for beautiful scenery.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank SalamatJalan
Reviewed October 14, 2018

We were running short on time to get to our destination, but the detour was so worth it! The hills were beautiful and the colors were unreal. I wish our reservations were for Mitchell so we could've stayed to sunset.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank prestoninaj
Reviewed September 29, 2018

This National Monument is off the beaten path, but it delightful and worth the extra effort to get there. What is most interesting is that the colors change dramatically with a clear blue sky to a cloudy sky. From a high-noon summer to a later...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank PALTravel
Reviewed September 20, 2018

We did not know this existed, but stopped by after a suggestion from a friend while traveling in Oregon. Spectacular and interesting geologic formations. We went in September and weather was perfect and mild, probably pretty hot in the summer. Start at the Thomas Condon...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gatsby C
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

We spend the whole day driving around the 3 main attraction. Clarno is beautiful and the only place you can see fossil on the rocks. Painted Hills is a dream come true. We are amazed by the colors. So beautiful. The last stop there is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 26, 2018

We spend several hours in this part of John Day Fossil Beds. We loved the views on the colourfull mountains. It is a bit off the beaten tracks and you have to drive the last part of the road on gravel but it is certainly...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

We visited both the Painted Hills and the Fossil Beds. The visitors Center is chock full of specimens and interactive displays. The colors of the hills are amazing. The Fossil Beds offer a chance to see scientists at work and the short film explains how...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jdana130
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

The visitor center was very neat. A lot of interesting fossils that have been found in the area. I had no idea that they would be found in Oregon.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank penahill
Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

We spent the whole day driving out of Bend to admire the fantastic scenery that has unraveled itself as we followed the John Day Fossil Beds, Sheep Rock and Painted Hills. We couldn’t believe the vastness of the landscape and the natural wonders that we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 960beataf
Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

Oregon's John Day Fossil Beds Painted Hills unit is worth the drive off the main highway at any time of the year. The subtle range of colors in the rocks and sand - browns, yellows and light greens - is remarkable. In the summer and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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October 24, 2017|
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Response from Bruce G | Reviewed this property |
Mapquest says it's 4 hrs 15 mins, 215 miles from Portland to Mitchell, OR which is the closest city. Add about 10-15 miles & @20 mins to that to get to the Painted Hills Unit.
March 31, 2017|
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Response from Linda W | Reviewed this property |
I have not heard of Silver Springs either. Silver Falls is quite a ways.