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Kimberly, Oregon – When spring arrives at Painted Hills, it means the hillsides will be blooming with wildflowers once again, including the picturesque yellow flowers Golden Bee Cleome and John Day Chaenactis. The flowers typically peak in mid-May, just in time for Mother’s Day and a wildflower hike!
Celebrate Mother’s Day on May 13, 2018 by attending a ranger-led hike at Painted Hills.
- 8 am – 10 am, Join a walk for every wildflower photography enthusiast; expect frequent and potentially long stops.
- 2 pm – 4 pm, Take the entire family on a guided hike and witness ancient Oregon come to life. Designated stops along the path will encourage discussion and discovery.
These programs are free. Both hikes will journey through areas of the park that are normally off-limits to the public. Routes are along uneven terrain with varied surfaces and will include designated stops for discussion. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes with ankle protection. Make sure to bring plenty of water, sun protection, snacks, and of course your camera. Pets are not allowed on guided hikes within the monument. Each walk is limited to 20 people and spots can be reserved by calling (541) 987-2333 or e-mailing e-mail us.
“The stunning golds and reds of the Painted Hills get an added splash of color during spring,” says Acting Superintendent Christopher Collins, “Our wildflower hikes are the perfect time to photograph the hills and enjoy the monument with your family.”
The summer’s full schedule of daily walks and talks begins on June 10th. Special events are planned throughout the summer. Visitors should check the monument’s website at www.nps.gov/joda or call the visitor center at (541) 987-2333 for more information.