Painted Hills | ©Stephen McGill (Oregon, US)
The Painted Hills are one of the three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The unique colors that streak the clay rich hills and mounds were formed over 35 million years ago by different volcanic eruptions and changing climate patterns. Layers of ash and different types of soil mixed with minerals and plant material and eroded causing the unique coloring of the Painted Hills landscape we see today.
The yellows, golds, blacks, and reds of the Painted Hills are beautiful at all seasons and times of the day. Changing light and moisture levels can drastically affect the tones and hues visible in the hills.