Over the Memorial Day weekend my best friend, Sydney, and I drove to central Oregon into the high desert to go see the Painted Hills.
It was breath taking and the camping trip alone was fun and full of odd events, which is normal when Sydney and I go on road trips.
We drove through Ochoco National Forest the first night and camped out in the small town of Mitchell. You literally set up camp in their city park. Mitchell is a very small town, but very welcoming and was a really wonderful place to camp at for the night.
The next morning Syd and I drove to the Painted Hills and hiked all over the place. I would suggest wearing shoes you don’t mind getting red clay all over, because it will stick and it will feel like you have five pound weights on your shoes. All the trails were very easy to hike and gave way to gorgeous views of the red and yellow hills. Other than the occasional cry of a coyote and meeting other hikers, it felt like we were on another planet.
After our morning trip we drove back a bit down the road and found a free campground to stay at for our final night. We quickly found out that the local farmers bring their cows there to drink from the river. It ended up being a nice surprise because there was hay everywhere which was perfect for starting our fire.
We went back out to the Painted Hills two more times, once when the sun came out, and then at sunset.
Hope you enjoy the photos, and if you’re thinking about visiting the Painted Hills I would highly suggest it!