Born to Wander these Painted Hills

“If you never go, you will never know.” – Anonymous

Painted Hills is considered to be one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. I just had to see it. I left Bend at 5 am and began my journey while it was still dark outside. It was a 2-hour drive to Mitchell. A very lonely and isolated trip to another middle of nowhere destination. My kind of road trip.

I’m glad I wasn’t driving too fast because when I turned on one corner there was a deer about to cross and I hit my brakes right away.  We both stared at each other until it decided to cross the road. I should have taken a picture of it. I’m still slow when it comes to wildlife photography but I’ll get there. I am so amazed every time I see them that I capture it in my mind instead of using a camera.  As you can see below, I took the picture right after the deer left. My apologies.

As soon as I reached Painted Hills the road was not paved at all. It was a gravel road which is probably why most of the people who live in the area drive trucks. I was completely alone again. I enjoyed the quiet time and explored the area.

Sometimes you lose yourself in places like this and there are no words to describe the experience.  Another unforgettable place in Oregon forever imprinted in my heart.

Tips for this trip:
1. Even if I did this on my own, I would not recommend doing this trip alone. There is at least an hour where you’re driving on a lonely road without any signal at all.
2. Bring enough water and food.
3. Bring a map and GPS. Don’t simply rely on your phone.
4. Make sure you have a full tank of gas before starting this trip. There are no nearby gas stations along the way.
5. I would recommend having a couple of things when going on a road trip.
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a)Air Compressor – For your tires. This will come in handy especially when driving on rough roads.
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b) Shovel – If your car gets stuck in the mud, sand, or snow this will be a lifesaver.
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c)Flat tire repair kit – Especially if you’ll be driving on gravel roads or places without signal. This one is a lifesaver. This is also an air compressor.
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74 Comments Add yours

  1. well done nice blog very interesting and very informative.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  2. Betsey LaFoy says:

    The painted hills? Never even knew they existed. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  3. We’re craving a good road trip – tomorrow sounds like a good day for one! 😀

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    1. Bel says:

      It’s always a good idea to go on a road trip 👍😊

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  4. roninjax says:

    Excellent images and information.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! 😊

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  5. rashu2015 says:

    Great pictures and beautifully written.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  6. Harold Rhenisch says:

    It’s a beautiful place. I hope to go back. There used to be gas across the street from the hotel just down the road. Big guy in a mosquito cage with a chopping block, an axe, and a big heart. I have no idea if it’s still there. My favourite gas station of all time, though.

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    1. Bel says:

      I didn’t see it. I had enough gas so I didn’t have to look for a station when I was in the area. You’re right. It is a beautiful place even if it’s really out of the way. 😊

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  7. sounds like a place to visit.

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    1. Bel says:

      Definitely a great place. Thanks! 😊

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  8. yamey says:

    Great images. Thanks

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    1. Bel says:

      You’re welcome 😊

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  9. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Bel says:

      You’re welcome 😊

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  10. Sue says:

    This made me want to explore more of your country I would love to call home. Your photographs emphasize the wild beauty. I look forward to reading more of your adventures.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you. There are so many beautiful places to explore. I just love nature and the peace it brings me.

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  11. Rachael Pullman says:

    Beautiful Photos! I had no idea the painted hills even existed!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you. I only found out about it when I was researching about Oregon. It’s really stunning 😊

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  12. Kimi says:

    When I am off and alone like this, I also take a SPOT GPS tracker. It can send a signal with your GPS coordinates to people using the GPS system, which is always available unless you’re underground. It can send check-ins, non-emergency help calls and emergency rescue signals depending on the button pushed.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes, it is an amazing gadget to have. Thanks for sharing. 😊

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      1. Kimi says:

        Oh, I also thought of a compact jumper for jumping batteries.

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      2. Bel says:

        That’s on my longer list on the link. It comes in so handy 😊

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      3. Kimi says:

        Ha! I totally missed that link. Here was my gear for my cross country motorcycle trip. I was really limited by space, so I had to boil myself down to the essentials. However, your list inspired me to consider the compact pump.
        http://noreturnticket.kceridon.com/gearing-up-so-much-stuff/

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      4. Bel says:

        I’ve always wanted a motorcycle. You inspire me 😊

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      5. Bel says:

        Tempting 😂

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  13. robyne says:

    I’m not enough of an off-roader to attempt this…yet! Thanks for the pics to share this amazing spot!

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    1. Bel says:

      No, you don’t need a 4×4 vehicle. It’s just preferred to have at least a high clearance vehicle but even a regular car will be okay as long as your tires are in good condition. 😊

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  14. stbarbebaker says:

    Beautiful wise words of advice

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  15. Annie says:

    Your photos of your beautiful adventure are more like museum paintings. I hope some day that my travels will take me there. If they do, I’ll be happy for all your advice….especially not visiting alone.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I’m happy you like the pictures. I hope that you get to visit it too. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. 😊

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  16. ezmoments19 says:

    When I come back to the states I need to go! What is your favorite national park ?

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes you need to go. So far my favorite National Park is still Arches NP in Utah ❤️

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  17. jungletrekkingcambodiaratanakiri says:

    Nice to read your post 👍

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks. I will check it out.

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  18. I wish I’d gotten the time to get there too. So unusual. Great pictures, Bel, and well worth the short hike.

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    1. Bel says:

      Next time you head to Bend – it’s worth the 2 hour drive. So quiet and not a lot of people seem to visit.

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  19. E says:

    That place looks really nice .Someday I hope to go on a similar road trip 🙂

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  20. Absolutely beautiful, Bel! But…I’ll pass on Overlook Trail! 😀 Great photos as always!

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    1. Bel says:

      Lol! Why am I not surprised? Thank you 😊

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      1. LOL! 😂😂😜😜

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  21. Fred says:

    Bend really is the stepping off point for a lot of adventures.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes, so much to see from there.

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  22. Kaylena says:

    Beautiful. This East coaster is praying for the day she gets to explore the West!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you. You’ll definitely love it as much as I did…😊

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  23. Chuck Lee says:

    Beautiful photography and great commentary. Makes me want to be there.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! It’s easy to photograph beautiful places!

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  24. Very hauntingly beautiful landscape.

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    1. Bel says:

      Hi, Cindy! It is a beautiful landscape. Thank you 😊

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  25. I so enjoy reading your blog. Your sensitivity and humor come through in your words.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! That is very insightful of you. Much appreciated 😊

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  26. Wonderful colors and landscapes Bel! I’m sorry I didn’t see this when I was in Oregon.

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    1. Bel says:

      Now you have more reasons to come back for a visit 😊

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      1. Ha. I like how you think Bel!

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  27. exoticnita54 says:

    Wow 😮..

    Painted hills..

    I really thought it was just your blog title..

    I have never Of of such place.
    So I’m really thankful that you choose to feature it in this blog and give me the pleasure of learning of its existence….

    And it’s so awesome that you suggested and inform your readers of how to equipped themselves if they decided to see this amazing wonder of Oregon…

    It’s really breathtaking …

    Thanks so much for taking us along with you..

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    1. Bel says:

      It’s really an amazing place and the experience was something that will stay with me. Driving the lonely road on my own was liberating in so many ways. I’m so happy I’m able to share the experience with amazing people like you 😊

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      1. exoticnita54 says:

        So glad you did share your experience..😁😆😊☺️

        Me ….!?????

        Amazing???!!!!!🤔

        I really don’t know if I can agree with that statement…

        But I’m damn fabulous..

        Hahahaha..☺️😊😇

        And so are you….

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      2. Bel says:

        Love your comments! Thank you again from the bottom of my traveling heart. 😊

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      3. exoticnita54 says:

        Every time miss bel..

        Keep that wandering sprit high.. and keep on sharing your travels to these amazing places..

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      4. Bel says:

        I’ll do my best ❤️

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  28. Very well written… Loved the way you expressed yourself… Also the list was informative… Cheers!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I appreciate the kind words 😊

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