From Portland, Oregon - go east on Hwy 26 to Hwy 97. South on Hwy 97 to Madras, Oregon. Regain Hwy 26 just south of Madras - go through town of Prineville staying on Hwy 26. Go over Ochoco Pass and down toward the town of Mitchell. Watch for a green highway sign that says "Painted Hills Unit - John Day Fossil Beds National Monument". Follow a narrow 2 lane road to the Painted Hills.
This area is wonderful to shoot any time of the year, but especially in spring with wildflowers blooming or after a snowfall in late fall or early winter. Afternoon light is best for shooting. Great area for wildlife watching, too.
Light snowfall on the colorful contours of the Painted Hills in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument near Mitchell, Oregon.