Painted Hills Unit—John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Portland, Oregon

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The short hikes in the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument provide a close-up look at the area’s beautiful color-splashed hills and fascinating fossil beds. The Painted Hills Overlook Trail is a 1.0-mile out-and-back trail that takes you to the top of an overlook with views of the colorful surrounding hills. If you want more of an adventure, trek 1.5 miles to the top of Carroll Rim, where you’ll have a sweeping view of the painted hills and surrounding high-desert country. If you want to see one of these hills up close, stroll the quarter-mile Painted Cove Trail. To view fossils of plants that dominated this area thirty-three million years ago, walk the Leaf Hill Trail. These are perfect short rambles for a day of relaxed exploration and fossil-hunting with your dog. It’s possible to complete all four of the established trails in just a day.
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by Adam Sawyer (Falcon Guides)

The short hikes in the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument provide a close-up look at the area’s beautiful color-splashed hills and fascinating fossil beds. The Painted Hills Overlook Trail is a 1.0-mile out-and-back trail that takes you to the top of an overlook with views of the colorful surrounding hills.

If you want more of an adventure, trek 1.5 miles to the top of Carroll Rim, where you’ll have a sweeping view of the painted hills and surrounding high-desert country. If you want to see one of these hills up close, stroll the quarter-mile Painted Cove Trail. To view fossils of plants that dominated this area thirty-three million years ago, walk the Leaf Hill Trail. These are perfect short rambles for a day of relaxed exploration and fossil-hunting with your dog. It’s possible to complete all four of the established trails in just a day.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 30-60 minutes
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, 32651 Highway 19, Kimberly; (541) 987-2333 ext. 1240; www.nps.gov/joda/planyourvisit/index.htm
Local Maps: Maptech CD: Hermiston/Prineville/ Canyon City, OR; USGS map: Painted Hills, OR; USGS Painted Hills; DeLorme: Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer, page 80 B3
Driving Directions: Directions to Painted Hills Unit—John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

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