From Prineville on Hwy. 26. follow the Hwy. for about an hour until you see a Monumnet sign, brown, pointing the turnoff for the Painted Hills Unit. Approx. 5 miles from the town of Mitchell where there are 2 Motels, my favorite of the two is the Oregon Motel.
Sadly, most of this Unit is closed to foot traffic to the public due to erosion and plant life loss due to salivation or some other cause. The many trails do offer opportunities for photography, as do the many varieties of wildlife, Pronghorn Antelope, Deer, Elk, multitudes of birds, Coyotes, I have even walked with a Porcupine towards the distant hillsides where trees are prevalent. In the latter months of spring through summer, one may see more wildlife due to the young coming out to be seen for the first time.
This image was captured while walking in an area now closed to the public. Walking between two hillsides, a narrow runoff for water was the trail. Glistening on the hillsides were collections of amber from where once trees grew, now held firm by the ashen soils they have become surrendered.