Eastern Oregon Day 4 & 5: John Day Fossil Beds, Painted Hills and Smith Rock


I didn’t post about these two days, probably because we were either having too good of a time or simply exhausted from driving or the excellent hiking. These two days we drove from Baker City to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument – first to Sheep Rock and then to the Painted Hills. We’re definitely going to come back another day to see the Clarno site, which was farther north than we were able to make on this trip. From the Painted Hills we headed to Smith Rock, where we camped in the bivouac area. God that place is just amazingly gorgeous. Makes me wish I was still a rock climber. The next day we hiked around the whole park and by evening we were home. Here are some pictures from these days:

john day fossil bed area

Painted Hills

Smith Rock

Smith Rock Sunlight

Deer at Smith Rock

Smith Rock White Flowers

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2 thoughts on “Eastern Oregon Day 4 & 5: John Day Fossil Beds, Painted Hills and Smith Rock

  1. I LOVE your pictures. It looks like the weather was perfect.

    What a wonderful get-away for the two of you.

    I didn’t know what a Rummer was until tonight. But, now I want one too.


  2. Hi ~ just looking for info on the John Day Fossil Beds. Any suggestions on good tent camping sites? We’re planning a June trip. Thanks ~ Jeff (fennell@u.washington.edu)

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