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Near Mitchell in Wheeler County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Painted Hills Overlook

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

 
 
Painted Hills Overlook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 9, 2010
1. Painted Hills Overlook Marker
Inscription. Through this dry land in 1865 rode a pioneer minister and amateur scientist named Thomas Condon. It was the first of his many visits. Imagine his reaction when he discovered the imprints of countless fossilized leaves near these Painted Hills, leaves of plants that could not possibly survive this modern, near-desert environment. These fossils opened a window onto vast changes in climate, plants and animals.

The colorful Painted Hills are part of the lower John Day formations, with layers of the Clarno formations and Picture Gorge Basalts visible nearby. At Sheep Rock and Clarno units, explore other aspects of the John Day Fossil Beds.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 44° 38.99′ N, 120° 16′ W. Marker is near Mitchell, Oregon, in Wheeler County. Marker can be reached from Bear Creek Road 1.2 miles west of Bridge Creek - Burnt Ranch Road. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Painted Hills Unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument at the end of the road to the Painted Hills Overlook parking lot and trailhead; the above directions are to the intersection of Bear Creek Road and the Painted Hills Overlook road. Marker is in this post office area: Mitchell OR 97750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Painted Hills image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 9, 2010
2. Painted Hills
View from marker
At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pieces of the Puzzle (here, next to this marker); Deciphering the Forest (here, next to this marker); A Matter of Survival (here, next to this marker); Fossils on the Frontier (approx. 0.8 miles away); Look Below the Surface (approx. 0.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Painted Hills. From the Mitchell, Oregon website. (Submitted on February 12, 2014.) 
 
Categories. EnvironmentPaleontology
 
View from Painted Hills Overlook Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 9, 2010
3. View from Painted Hills Overlook Trail
The black hash marks are rich in manganese
View from Painted Hills Overlook Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 9, 2010
4. View from Painted Hills Overlook Trail
The red layer is from iron minerals oxidized by long exposure
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 12, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 673 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 12, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
 
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