Two free ranger-led wildflower hikes will take place on Mother’s Day, May 13, at the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
From 8-10 a.m., a hike with frequent and long stops for wildflower photography enthusiasts will take place.
From 2-4 p.m., a family hike encouraging discussion and discovery will take place.
Both hikes will journey through areas of the park that are normally off-limits to the public. Routes are along uneven terrain with varied surfaces and will include designated stops for discussion. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes with ankle protection. Make sure to bring plenty of water, sun protection, snacks and a camera. Pets are not allowed on guided hikes within the monument. Each walk is limited to 20 people, and spots can be reserved by calling 541-987-2333 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The stunning golds and reds of the Painted Hills get an added splash of color during spring,” said Acting Superintendent Christopher Collins. “Our wildflower hikes are the perfect time to photograph the hills and enjoy the monument with your family.”
The summer’s full schedule of daily walks and talks begins on June 10. Special events are planned throughout the summer. For more information, visit nps.gov/joda or call the visitor center at 541-987-2333.