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John Day Fossile Fields Painted Hills Unit 08_22_2017
After the Solar Eclipse, we continued on to several other points of interest. The Painted Hills, our original choice destination to watch the Eclipse, was the first. A very interesting place with beautiful views and topography. Sunset is the best time for photography with many trying for that great picture along the roadway.


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Posted: 09/05/17 06:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great production Jeff, you're a pro! And boy it looks crowded and touristy. My wife found a fossil there thirty years ago. Of course I was only thirty-three but already fossilizing. We were the only people there.

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As fossils go Dave, you're one of a kind.
It's a neat place and we'll be showing the old gang at the fossile center soon. ML8 ML8 off to work I go.Take care...

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Nice video. Thanks.

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So that's what it looks like without 800 cars double parked on the narrow roads. Many more kept circling trying in vain to get a piece of real estate to call their own. My fave was the guy in an Excursion towing a tandem axle 36 foot bumper pull around dog leg turns that had people parked 3/4 on the the road on both sides of the one lane (12 foot wide) dirt road. How did he do that? Very slowly with all the kids and dogs roaming around. Every little 5 foot x 15 foot patch along the road that could possibly hold a Subaru was filled, with myriad tents adorning the landscape.
The place actually looks pretty good considering the abuse it took for those 3 or 4 days before Eclipse 2017.
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Very nice video of your adventure, another place to add to my bucket list.


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Nice place. I was there last October and only saw 2 other vehicles.

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Thanks for sharing this with us! Beautiful area and fun video!

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If you visit the John Day Fossil - Painted Hills National Monument a nice primitive campsite can be found right on the John Day river to the west (44.738701, -120.282696) of the BLM Priest River site (44.739291, -120.271239)

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Both sides of the river are BLM land across the river are more "painted hills"

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Nice view down Shaw Canyon

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bb_94401 wrote:

If you visit the John Day Fossil - Painted Hills National Monument a nice primitive campsite can be found right on the John Day river to the west (44.738701, -120.282696) of the BLM Priest River site (44.739291, -120.271239)

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Both sides of the river are BLM land across the river are more "painted hills"

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Nice view down Shaw Canyon

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That's a sweet spot. We left there and ended up in the Mahuer National Wildlife Refuge. Really neat place.

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