Painted Hills Unit – John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
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The appropriately named `Painted Hills` are one of the three units that make up the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, and is located in Wheeler County (9 miles northwest of Mitchell), and 75 miles east of Bend.
The hills get their name from the delicately colored stratifications in the soil and the yellows, golds, blacks, and reds of the Painted Hills are best seen in the late afternoon. Tones and hue may appear to change from one visit to another, as the claystones differwith ever-changing light and moisture levels.
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