Painted Hills

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"The Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument contains 3,132 acres of scenic marvels unique even in the Pacific Northwest. Located 9 miles northwest of Mitchell, and 75 miles east of Bend, the Painted Hills are visited year-round.

The yellows, golds, blacks, and reds of the Painted Hills are best seen in the late afternoon. Tones and hue may appear to change from one visit to another, as the look of the clay (Bentonite) pellets changes with the ever-changing light and moisture levels. As a result, the shapes and colors of the hills are sublime.

Most years, the peak wildflower season (late April to early May) can be most spectacular.

(Excerpts from the National Park service site)