Driving from Portland, Oregon on Hwy. 26, cross over Mt. Hood until you reach the southern end of the town of Madras, turn at the sign pointing to the way to Prineville, and then follow the Hwy. to the Monument sign pointing to the way towards the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
To thoroughly capture this Unit you may want to spend 2 to 3 days to just touch all the opportunities a photographer may wish to capture. The Twickenham area offers canyon walls of multi hued basalt formations, and when there are thunderstorms, waterfalls flow off the basalt onto the list vegetation below. There is also the Burnt Ranch on the same road past the Painted Hills Unit, as well as the town of Ashwood where several remains of volcanoes can be captured.
This scene was captured to the left of the Main Valley of the Painted Hills Unit within the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. This area as well as most, other than the Leaf Hill Trail, Red Hill Trail, the Overlook Trail, the Carroll Rim Trail, and the Painted Cove Trail are closed due to plant life loss. Each of the trails offer a unique view into the ash deposits placed here nearly 32 million years past when the volcanics of this and the Clarno areas, as well as the Blue Mountain area volcanics distributed their ash to the John Day Fossil Beds regions.