Located just 9 miles away from the Painted Hills, one of the 3 units of the John Day Fossil Bed National Monument, Mitchell is situated in a rugged canyon right off Highway 26. An impressive rock formation, the Mitchell Rock, looms above the town’s entrance and two hills, Black Butte and White Butte, rise up in the near distance. Mitchell is called the gateway to the Painted Hills because it’s the closest town to this place of wonder. Three restaurants, one espresso place, an historic hotel, two European cottages and a city park with RV hookups and camping make this a popular stop for visitors to the monument. Every Labor Day weekend, Mitchell celebrates the colorful Painted Hills Festival – an old-fashioned, fun event for the entire family.