Is September a good time to visit the Painted Hills?
September is an excellent time to visit the Painted Hills, since the days will still be sunny but cooler and more comfortable for seeing the sites. The main site of the Painted Hills, one of 3 units in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is just outside of Mitchell, OR. This is where you’ll find the closest lodging as well as restaurants.
This website gives you a great overview of the area with photos. http://mitchelloregon.us/
Here are links to available lodging:
The Oregon Hotel http://www.theoregonhotel.net/
Painted Hills Vacation Rentals http://www.paintedhillsvacation.com/accommodations.htm
Sky Hook Motel http://www.visiteasternoregon.com/entry/skyhook-motel/
The Painted Hills Cottage http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p164794
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About Ask Oregon Expert Lynne Curry
I'm a city lover, but I moved to one of the most remote places in Oregon to live at the edge of the wilderness in a community of ranchers, artists, and independent types like me. Since I'm a food writer, I blog about eating and the rural lifestyle. My biggest project to date is the cookbook, Pure Beef: An Essential Guide to Artisan Meat with Recipes for Every Cut(Running Press, 2012).