We visited this national monument on our way across Oregon. We stopped at the Painted Hills unit and at the interpretive centre at the Sheep Rock unit.
The geology of the Painted Hills has created a landscape unlike anything I have ever seen before. The hills are vivid red and gold, an almost unreal scene until you read the excellent information displays which explain the remarkable geological history of the region.
At the Sheep Rock interpretive centre, there is a superb exhibit which will delight young and old alike. Combining displays of fossils from the region with giant dioramas, the exhibit describes the natural history of the region over the past 30 million years. Strange creatures roamed this land millions of years ago, when the climate was more like an African savannah, and they left their bones behind as fossils, so we can reconstruct what they looked like and how they lived.
Full marks to the National Park Service for the quality of the interpretive centre display, as good as anything I have seen.
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