Explore the most popular nature trips trails in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

it was a rather nicely laid out trail for a small hike.

walking
14 hours ago

Short stroll with great views of the layered hills.

walking
14 hours ago

This is the extremely photogenic trail with the boardwalk!

walking
14 hours ago

Cool red hill. This isn’t the hike with the board walk but worth adding on to the trip.

This is more of a destination for taking in some amazing views than it is a hike. Best to go early as it’s a popular spot and is more enjoyable with fewer people around.

Easy hike with great overlooks. We hiked this in the morning and were glad we did given how exposed you are to the sun for much of the hike. There are some great benches with shade along the way for taking breaks to enjoy the lookouts and cooking off.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail overlooking the basin. The colors were amazing. Kids enjoyed it too :)

The painted hills are more of a little walk/hike. The landscape is stunning and unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Definitely worth the drive! (August 2016)hik

on Leaf Hill Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Short. Information about fossils in the area with some samples.

hiking
7 months ago

Short but beautiful.

on Painted Cove Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Not much of a hike but the geological formations are stunning.

Beautiful , easy , and great for everyone!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike with beautiful views of the blue rock canyon. Highly suggest going left on the loop to start to build up to the better parts. We went left and saw some blue rock (not canyon yet) and were already excited. Then we got to the top of the loop and walked out on the overlook spur and were so happy we came that way. You just walk up to the beautiful blue rock canyon. Then we continued the loop taking pictures at many stops. Completing the outer loop we then did the inner canyon trail...which again we were excited we did in this order. A great way to cap it off. Trail was was in good shape and if you do in the late morning you have the light behind you for the canyon shots :)

A great hike for kids and adults

A thing of beauty

walking
9 months ago

Amazing view of a remote but unique place. Worth the drive.

walking
9 months ago

Short, easy but very pretty red rocks. Worth the drive.

Short but sweet. Stop in at the sidewalk cafe in the small town of Mitchell and get a yummy milkshake while you are out there.

Très beau petit tour, offrant des superbes vues.

hiking
10 months ago

I wouldn't call the half mile walk a hike by any means but had the best view of the Hills of any I'd seen

For my money the white & blue canyons are more incredible than the nearby Painted Hills, if you have to pick between them. A more challenging hike here as well.

Absolutely breathtaking, some of it is on private (but accessible) land.

hiking
11 months ago

So beautiful! Totally recommend everyone to go here. If you are thinking of camping near John Day stay at Clyde Holliday State Park.

great views

walking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Amazing!!!

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Neat place!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

More beautiful views and different angles

Monday, June 12, 2017

We did the shorter trail. We wanted to do the longer but forgot our rain coats. Amazing area. I would have loved to have done the longer trail. The green stream is fascinating!

Does not disappoint

hiking
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Very short trail along the south flank of Red Star Knoll.

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