Painted Hills Overlook

Painted Hills Overlook (HM1CZ0)

Location: Mitchell, OR 97750 Wheeler County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 38.99', W 120° 16'

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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Through this dry land in 1865 rode a pioneer minister and amateur scientist named Thomas Condon. It was the first of his many visits. Imagine his reaction when he discovered the imprints of countless fossilized leaves near these Painted Hills, leaves of plants that could not possibly survive this modern, near-desert environment. These fossils opened a window onto vast changes in climate, plants and animals.

The colorful Painted Hills are part of the lower John Day formations, with layers of the Clarno formations and Picture Gorge Basalts visible nearby. At Sheep Rock and Clarno units, explore other aspects of the John Day Fossil Beds.
HM NumberHM1CZ0
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 12:41pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 716737 N 4947687
Decimal Degrees44.64983333, -120.26666667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 38.99', W 120° 16'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 38' 59.40" N, 120° 16' 0.00" W
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Area Code(s)541
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 609 Overlook Trail, Mitchell OR 97750, US
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