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May 16, 2015

Painted Hills + Sheep Rock

Photos from our camping and hiking trip with friends to the Painted Hills and Sheep Rock Units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. We camped at the Ochoco Divide campground and got up early on a Saturday morning to see the Painted Hills at sunrise, then drove to the Sheep Rock unit about an hour farther east. The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center has interpretive displays that highlight the area’s wildlife and geological history. We did a 3.25 mile hike at the Blue Basin, with blue-green rock formations and expansive views. After our hike, we headed back to the Painted Hills for sunset.

Ochoco Divide campground

Ochoco Divide campground

Ochoco Divide campground

Ochoco Divide campground

Painted Hills

Painted Hills at sunrise

Painted Hills

Painted Hills

Painted Hills

Painted Hills

Painted Hills

Painted Hills

Blue Basin hike in the Sheep Rock Unit

Blue Basin hike in the Sheep Rock Unit

Juniper tree

Juniper tree

Blue Basin hike in the Sheep Rock Unit

Blue Basin hike in the Sheep Rock Unit

Blue Basin hike in the Sheep Rock Unit

close-up

Blue Basin hike in the Sheep Rock Unit

view from the top in the Blue Basin

Blue Basin hike in the Sheep Rock Unit

expansive views along the Blue Basin hike

Blue Basin hike in the Sheep Rock Unit

Blue Basin hike in the Sheep Rock Unit

Blue Basin hike in the Sheep Rock Unit

Blue Basin hike in the Sheep Rock Unit

Blue Basin hike in the Sheep Rock Unit

Blue Basin hike in the Sheep Rock Unit

Painted Hills at sunset

Painted Hills at sunset

 

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