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    John Day Fossil Beds

    National Monument Oregon

Trails at the Painted Hills

 
Image of the Painted Cove trail.

Boardwalk at the Painted Cove.

All lengths listed are round trip

Carroll Rim Trail (1½ miles) The trail climbs three hundred feet in elevation to a bird's-eye view of the Painted Hills. A bench is located at the end of the trail.

Painted Hills Overlook Trail (½ mile) This mostly level trail provides views of the most well known hills from several angles. Several benches are located along the trail.

Painted Cove Trail (¼ mile) A portion of the trail is boardwalk, accessible to those in wheelchairs, and offers a close up view of the red and gold claystone hills. The trail continues beyond the boardwalk, looping back to the trailhead.

Leaf Hill Trail (¼ mile) This drab looking hill was the scene of important scientific studies in the 1920s and again in the 1990s. Thousands of leaf fossils found here give us a view into a 33 million year old ecosystem. A few fossils are on exhibit along the trail. Half of the trail is accessible to those in wheelchairs; the remainder loops back to the parking lot.

Red Hill Trail (¼ mile) This is our newest trail - so new, that it isn't marked on any of the maps! Located at the far western edge of the unit, this short walk takes visitors to a hill with a sudden and dramatic color shift.

Did You Know?

Crocodiles in oregon?

Fossils from the Clarno Unit show that 44 million years ago, in what is now a near desert in Oregon, crocodiles and palm trees flourished.