Painted Hills by Christie MacLean in Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds, Oregon

The Painted Hills is one of three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Central Oregon. Formed over 30 million years ago by different volcanic eruptions and changing climate patterns, layers of ash were covered by water and the area formed a lake bed. Eventually the lake dried up and after exposure to air and water, the minerals in the volcanic ash oxidized. The colors shift and change depending on the time of day, weather and the seasons.

Name:Christie MacLean

Study Abroad Advisor


Day trip planner, camping buddy, swim spot finder

Tell us about the place you live:

Portland Oregon is a city that feels like a small town surrounded by rivers, forest, lakes, and volcanos.

A perfect day?

Bike rides and picnics

What is the best thing about your spot?

The access to nature surrounding Portland makes you forget you live in a city sometimes.

What is the worst?

It takes a long time for summer to begin.

What would be surprising about this place to an outsider?

It’s against the law to pump your own gas in Oregon.

Before I die I want to visit:

Cinque Terre, Italy

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Erin McCown, Sarah Meadows, Damian Riehl


Name:Christie MacLean


Favorite place to eat:

Grain and Gristle

Favorite place to drink:


Favorite shop:

Worn Path

Must Do:

Go to Sauvie Island to jump in the river, go on a walk, pick your own fruits and vegetables, and have a picnic.