Wildfire shuts down Hwy. 26 between Prineville and Mitchell, OR - Updated Monday, July 21, 2014
Hwy 26 remains closed between mileposts 35 - 56 in the Ochoco Mtns, 18 miles west of Mitchell due to the Bailey Butte Fire. Air quality in the area is poor. Click the More link for fire and road information for all three units of the monument. More »
Ranger Guided Activities
There are no planned ranger activities in the winter of 2014. Rangers are available at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center for questions.
Special photography hikes at the Painted Hills are the only way to go to areas that are normally off limits, but space is limited. For more information or reservations for these hikes, call the Painted Hills Ranger at (541)-987-2333 x 1240. The following dates and times have been set for the 2014 season:
Two hikes on May 17, 2014
Two hikes on July 19, 2014
Two hikes on September 13, 2014
Did You Know?
The fossil leaves found at the Painted Hills represent an assemblage of broad-leaf deciduous trees that were growing on the edge of lakes and streams.