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    John Day Fossil Beds

    National Monument Oregon

Painted Hills Unit

Painted Hills

This unit features:

The yellows, golds, blacks, and reds of the Painted Hills are beautiful at all times of the day, but are best lit for photography in the late afternoon. Changing light and moisture levels can drastically affect the tones and hues visible in the hills.
Image of the Painted Hills, zoomed in with sun raking across the foreground.
NPS photo

Did You Know?

Image of a running rhino from the clarno formation

Some of the earliest rhino fossils in the world were found in the John Day beds. We call these the "running rhinos".