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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

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John Day, OR
+1 541-987-2333
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Painted Hills and Fossil Beds

Oh the Painted Hills are extraordinary. Very easy to access and you can drive all the way and there... read more

Reviewed February 10, 2016
Painted Hills - The colors are so intense!

The drive to Painted Hills from Portland, Oregon is a bit of a long one (3.5 hours) but the drive... read more

Reviewed February 9, 2016
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Reviewed February 10, 2016

Oh the Painted Hills are extraordinary. Very easy to access and you can drive all the way and there is a nice walk where you get to see more colors and photo opportunities are just great.

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Reviewed February 9, 2016

The drive to Painted Hills from Portland, Oregon is a bit of a long one (3.5 hours) but the drive is a beautiful one and totally worth it! We drove through Mount Hood National Park(You can see Mount Hood from anywhere!) as well as through...More

2  Thank Ceca S
Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

The Painted Hills area is spectacular - IF you're there at the right time of day. Sunrise, sunset, or the hour after sunset - this is when the colors are the very best. Sadly, there are those who think that the rules about walking on...More

4  Thank OutdoorsAdventurer
Reviewed November 18, 2015

We really enjoyed the visitor center. Lots of fossils, good explanations, and a chance to see a working lab up close. I would definitely visit again.

1  Thank Honeysucklerose61
Reviewed November 16, 2015

One of the most interesting land formations that I have visited. The hills were fabulous and colorful. I am very glad to have stopped and hiked among them. The hikes are as easy as you want them to be. Lots of little hikes around the...More

1  Thank K9268OItraveler
Reviewed November 12, 2015

We are glad we got to see The Painted Hills but there really wasn't much to see or do here. We did drive to the back where you can hike on the raised platform that's built around one of the Hills so you can get...More

Thank Toni C
Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

Some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen the color of these hills is unbelievable. Nice trails and viewpoints to walk and photograph the terrain. Everyone should see these painted hills.

Thank jstm58
Reviewed November 6, 2015

We hiked in the John Day Fossil Beds area during when we had a vacation day during the Canyon Creek Wildfire. We loved the view and the majesty of creation. It's a great place to sit, reflect, and relax. An excellent place to escape your...More

Thank oregon_or_bust
Reviewed October 29, 2015

The interpretive center is top notch. Someone took their time and talent to create interesting and informative displays. While we were there, school kids, elders and young adults mingled among the exhibits, film and hands on displays. It was fun and we left much better...More

Thank Herb B
Reviewed October 26, 2015

Fossils from 40 million years ago. Landscape is varied and unusually beautiful. Sites are well labeled and well maintained. We spent four days driving a circuit from Redmond to Fossil to Mitchell and back to Bend. Accommodations are basic, and that's part of the fun.

Thank Judith E
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May 28, 2017|
Response from Sherry P | Reviewed this property |
I honestly don't know. Your best bet is to call the Monument's Visitor Center or perhaps the community of John Day's visitor center or Chamber of Commerce.
February 28, 2017|
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Response from jhambright70 | Reviewed this property |
yes, we camped at Clyde Holliday state park it is about an hour away from the fossil beds It is just south west of the town of John Day Oregon on Hwy 395
January 5, 2017|
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Response from Sassamatt | Reviewed this property |
not inside the protected area. ask at the info station, and they will give you directions.