Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway

The Painted Hills (Image by Chantal Anderson)

The Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway connects all three units of the John Day Fossil Beds, which hold the world’s best fossil record of the Age of Mammals (the last 50 million years) and exhibit a dramatic record of past climate change.

In November 2015, the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway Proponent Committee hosted a Travel Oregon Bicycle Tourism Studio, in partnership with Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept., to help make the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway a great bicycling destination and to help local businesses benefit from visiting bicycle travelers.

Bicycle travelers in Oregon contribute $400 million annually to the state’s economy – approximately $1.1 million per day. Bicycle tourists in Oregon also tend to spend $124 more per trip – 20% higher than the average visitor!

Bicycle Tourism Studio Goals

  • Gain familiarity of the Oregon Scenic Bikeway program and the economics associated with having a state designated Scenic Bikeway
  • Increase understanding of the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway route and the local goals that have been established
  • Advance knowledge on the resources Travel Oregon and Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept. provide to communities with Bikeways
  • Network and get any questions answered

The Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway is currently in its recommended phase; pending official designation from the State’s Scenic Bikeway Committee. Once designated, the Bikeway will join the official Oregon Scenic Bikeways and be promoted as one of the best places to ride a bike in Oregon.

Anyone in living or working on or near the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway that is interested in capitalizing on the growing bicycle travel trend and looking to increase the travel market in your region, was invited to participate in the Studio!

We encouraged all lodging establishments, restaurants, cafés, brew pubs, bike shops, tour operators, retail shops and attractions, as well as public land managers, trail advocates, planners, communication specialists, community leaders and of course cyclists, to partake.


Want more information about Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway?

If you have additional questions or comments about Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway, please contact the appropriate member of the Travel Oregon staff listed below.

  1. Scott Bricker