This place attracts thousands of tourists, especially those interested in geology and paleontology. Of course, here comes also a considerable number of photographers in search of a magical landscape shots.
Painted Hills - the area protected by the US government and all of 1267 hectares of land are the historical heritage of contemporary Americans. The territory belongs to the complex «John Day Fossil Beds National Monument», managed by the National Park Service. The name of the area was due to its multi-layer multi-colored hills. Each layer represents a particular geological time period of the past. The black color is made up of brown coal, gray - mudstones and shales, and red - laterites. Paleontologists regularly excavated, revealing the skeletons of animals of the past.