Painted Hills

The Painted Hills are part of the John Day Fossil Beds and located close to Mitchell. This stunning area has winding roads amidst a backdrop of uniquely colored geographical formations making it perfect for car commercials or productions with a road trip theme or iconic geological rock backdrops.
The colors and claystones vary depending on the light and time of day.  Particularly stunning at sunset.

Pull out parking with limited space, and some larger parking areas in the popular outlook areas.


Permit required.

Images taken November 9, 4pm.


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Paulina is a small town in Crook County.  It is 55 miles from Prineville, on route 380. Named for  Paiute Chief Paulina, the town has a church, one merchandise store and a charismatic bar/saloon.  It also has one K8 school and a small rodeo each year. 

Plenty of parking on the road, and permits would be necessary through the town itself. 

Images taken October 10.


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Cowboy Dinner Tree (Silver Lake)

Originally an old shack, the Cowboy Dinner Tree is now a restaurant consisting of several rooms, in addition to a gift show and nearby cabin accommodation.  Located 90 minutes SE of Bend, this is a location that suits itself to cowboy and western themed shoots.  The owners are easy to work with and keen to showcase their property and work with you on your shoot. There are rustic cabins on site,  and basic accommodation nearby in Paisley, Lakeview and LaPine (Best Western Newberry Crater).

There is also a very friendly cat on site (waiting for its closeup).

Cowboy Dinner Tree


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Crack in the Ground

Crack-in-the-Ground is an ancient volcanic fissure over 2 miles long and up to 70 feet deep. Normally, fissures like this one are filled with soil and rock by the processes of erosion and sedimentation. However, because it is located in such an arid region, very little filling has occurred and Crack-in-the-Ground exists today nearly as it did shortly after its formation thousands of years ago. An established 2 mile trail along the fissure’s bottom offers a unique hike, where the temperature can be as much as twenty degrees cooler than at the surface.

Crack in the Ground is open year round, but must be traveled to by a gravel road for approximately 20 minutes.  The trail to Crack in the Ground is moderately difficult with a 70’ elevation gain and sand and rock surface.

There is a Universal Access Restroom available, in the parking area..Motor Vehicles, Mountain Bikes, and Equestrians are PROHIBITED

Access is via rugged dirt roads that may be impassable at times. Four-wheel drive vehicles are highly recommended. The nearest services are in Christmas Valley, Oregon.  Accommodation is available in La Pine.


Crack in the Ground

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Fort Rock Homestead Museum

The Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum consists of several homes, a church and school, a retail store and pieces of vintage equipment.  This is an excellent site for a period shoot, and as it is located opposite Fort Rock, there are stunning views from all perspectives.

The Museum is located approximately 90 minutes from Bend, and 60 from LaPine.  There are three star lodging properties in LaPine for your crew, and they offer Central Oregon Film Office preferred rates.

Images taken mid- July (overcast) and mid-October (sunny).  10am.

Fort Rock Heritage Museum






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