One of my favorite dog-friendly places to hike and explore in Oregon is the Painted Hills. The Painted Hills are located about 3 hours southeast of Portland in the desert near Mitchell, Oregon. Known to be one of the seven wonders of Oregon, the best way to describe this area is magical, deserted, and wild. An easy trail to explore with your pup is the Painted Cove Nature Trail.
Rating for Painted Hills:
I would give this area four paws up if I could because we have the best time exploring desert hikes. Although it’s hard to see in the pictures, the hills are vivid reds, greens, and lavender, which makes for a fantastic, eye-opening hike with your pup. I highly recommend packing lots of water and sunscreen since it’s dry, as well as a lunch to enjoy a picnic at the viewpoints. Since the area is desert land, be careful to keep your pup with you at all times to avoid them stepping in any cacti or worse… We actually heard a rattlesnake on this trail! Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for our next dog-friendly adventure.
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Happy trails pups!