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Published on July 26, 2017 11:00AM

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The Painted Hills, one of three units in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, was named one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon by Travel Oregon. The site is about 9 miles northwest of the town of Mitchell, which is about 37 miles west of Dayville. The unit features many short trails, from .25-1.6 miles, providing different perspectives of the red, yellow and black clay hills.

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The Painted Hills, one of three units in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, was named one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon by Travel Oregon. The site is about 9 miles northwest of the town of Mitchell, which is about 37 miles west of Dayville. The unit features many short trails, from .25-1.6 miles, providing different perspectives of the red, yellow and black clay hills.

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About 5 miles east of Prairie City on Highway 26, the covered wagon viewpoint commemorating the Oregon Trail provides scenic views of the John Day Valley and displays with information on the area.

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About 5 miles east of Prairie City on Highway 26, the covered wagon viewpoint commemorating the Oregon Trail provides scenic views of the John Day Valley and displays with information on the area.

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Trails, boating, fishing and camping await outdoor adventurers at Olive Lake, about 13 miles west of Granite.

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Trails, boating, fishing and camping await outdoor adventurers at Olive Lake, about 13 miles west of Granite.

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Lake Creek at Murray Campground, which is about three miles north of Forest Road 16 on Forest Road 924.

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Lake Creek at Murray Campground, which is about three miles north of Forest Road 16 on Forest Road 924.

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A four-wheel drive and a hike provide fishing opportunities at Aldrich Ponds east of Dayville. To reach the trailhead, travel 4-5 miles east of Dayville on Highway 26, turn south onto Flat Creek Road, between mileposts 136 and 137. On Flat Creek Road, travel 3 1/2 to 4 miles, on the gravel road, to the trailhead. Two small creeks cross the road, and four-wheel drive is recommended. The hike to the first pond is 1.3 miles, with less than a half-mile more to the second pond.

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A four-wheel drive and a hike provide fishing opportunities at Aldrich Ponds east of Dayville. To reach the trailhead, travel 4-5 miles east of Dayville on Highway 26, turn south onto Flat Creek Road, between mileposts 136 and 137. On Flat Creek Road, travel 3 1/2 to 4 miles, on the gravel road, to the trailhead. Two small creeks cross the road, and four-wheel drive is recommended. The hike to the first pond is 1.3 miles, with less than a half-mile more to the second pond.










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