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Visiting the Painted Hills
(One of the 7 Wonders of Oregon)


Whoever named the 7 Wonders of the World must have never wondered what the world used to be like. If they had, they surely would have traveled to the Painted Hills, where you can see millions of years of history revealed in the layers of mountains of earth, one color at a time.

We invite you to come experience this Oregon Wonder for yourself. In fact, Gilliam County is the perfect jumping off point to get your Painted Hills adventure started.

Beyond the Painted Hills

There's no doubt the Painted Hills are something special, but these vibrant hills are just the beginning when it comes to the wonders of the John Day River Territory. Here are 7 other wonders near Gilliam County and the Painted Hills to add to your travel list:
(1) The Mighty Columbia River (Arlington)
Stop by Arlington, a peaceful riverfront community and paradise for water lovers. Spend the afternoon swimming at the lush Earl Snell Memorial Park, try your hand windsurfing or stand-up paddle boarding, or just spend a lazy afternoon taking in the view of the mighty Columbia River.
(Distance to Painted Hills: 2 hours 40 minutes)

(2) Sherman County Historical Museum (Moro)
The award-winning museum celebrates our proud farming heritage with exhibits devoted to agriculture and one of the John Day River Territory’s most important crops: Wheat. Kids (and the young-at-heart) will enjoy tracing Native American petroglyphs and milling their own bags of flour.
(Distance to Painted Hills: 3 hours)

(3) Cottonwood Canyon State Park (Hwy 206)
Jagged cliffs, steep canyon walls, and an untamed river provide the backdrop for Oregon’s newest and second largest state park. The sprawling 8,000 acre park is a gateway to adventure on the John Day River, offering excellent fishing plus plentiful hiking, wildlife viewing, and star-gazing opportunities.
(Distance to Painted Hills: 2.5 hours)

(4) Condon's Historical Main Street (Condon)
Condon's charming, newly restored Main Street has been compared to a Norman Rockwell painting and is registered on the National Historic Sites. Stop in at Country Flowers for a treat from the old-fashioned soda fountain and peruse the selection of books at this Eastern Oregon branch of the famous Powell’s Bookstore. Save plenty of time to visit the Gilliam County Historical Museum too.
(Distance to Painted Hills: 2 hours)

(5) Living Ghost Town of Lonerock (Lonerock)
A quick drive east of Condon leads to a beautiful valley and the community of Lonerock, a once booming pioneer town. Look for the huge rock -- the town’s namesake -- next to a sparkling Methodist church, which dates back to 1898 and is still used for weddings and other special events.  There are several historical buildings dating back to the late 1800s. Be sure to check out the community’s unique post office too.
(Distance to Painted Hills: 2 hours 40 minutes)

(6) Digging Fossils (Fossil)
Budding paleontologists can try their hand at digging fossils in the rich fossil beds behind Wheeler High School in Fossil. Roughly 33 million years ago, the area was the bed of a shallow lake. Today, it is one of Oregon’s only legally accessible fossil digs, containing the fossilized remains of deciduous trees that grew along nearby streams and wetlands. 
(Distance to Painted Hills: 1 hour 25 minutes)

(7) Clarno Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds (Hwy 218)
The rocks of the Clarno Unit capture a period in time where tiny four-toed horses and massive rhino-like brontotheres roamed hills covered in lush, dense vegetation. Roughly 44 million years ago, a series of volcanic mudflows swept up plants and vegetation from this period and preserved them in the Palisades.
(Distance to Painted Hills: 2 hours)