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The Painted Hills in Oregon

The passage of time has left its mark on central Oregon’s Painted Hills, part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Colorful layers of ash and soil tell a story of an era some 30 million years ago, when the region was a rich flood plain, roamed by horses, camels, and even rhinoceroses. Their fossilized remains can all be found here, attracting paleontologists and tourists alike.

Painted Hills, in the northwest United States, is one of the three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, located in Wheeler County, Oregon. It totals 3,132 acres and is located 9 miles northwest of Mitchell, Oregon. The Painted Hills are listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. Painted Hills is named after the colorful layers of its hills corresponding to various geological eras, formed when the area was an ancient river floodplain.
Painted Hills Panoramic
Painted Hills, Oregon