Oregon's Painted Hills

when, how to and best tips to visit the most colorful National Park

Oregon's Painted Hills are a part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Dirt roads into the Painted Hills make this one of the least visited National Park sites. Fun road trip!

Visit the Painted Hills in spring or late fall for the best experience.

Hiking at Oregon's Painted Hills is easy and beautiful.

Painted Hills Overlook Trail

Lavender, maroon and gold hillsides make the Red Cove feel like another world.

The Red Cove trail at the Painted Hills is largely wheelchair accessible.

Red Scar Knoll: most vibrant of Oregon's Painted Hills

Sights like this make John Day Fossil Beds a great visit from Bend, OR.

Another can't-miss hiking trail: the Blue Basin

Located in the Sheep Rock unit of John Day Fossil Beds

Oregon's Painted Hills and John Day Fossil Beds is an incredible National Park site.

Cool geology everywhere makes this a great road trip from Bend or Portland.

Visit the Shaniko Ghost town near the Painted Hills.

Close to the Clarno unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Shaniko is a fun Old West Town.

Stay in Mitchell or Prineville to be near the Painted Hills

Small Oregon towns make the Painted Hills road trip unique and fun.

Plan your road trip to Oregon's Painted Hills