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Sutton Mountain

Neighboring the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Sutton Mountain in the John Day River Basin features fishing, hiking, wildlife and more. It's a natural wonder worthy of permanent protection.

Learn more about the Seven Wonders of Sutton Mountain!

Nestled deep in the John Day River Basin lies one of Oregon's most awe-inspiring landscapes. Rich in paleontological resources, teeming with wildlife and brimming with opportunities for primitive recreation, the Sutton Mountain Wilderness Proposal lands are a must experience for one and all.

Sutton Mountain Country
Sutton Mountain, in the heart of John Day country.
Photo: Tyler Roemer

Known independently as Sutton Mountain, Pat's Cabin, Painted Hills and Dead Dog, these expansive public lands are collectively referred to as the
Sutton Mountain Wilderness Proposal which totals more than 58,000 acres. For reference, these lands encircle the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

The Sutton Mountain Wilderness Proposal has earned significant local and statewide support. It has been endorsed by Wheeler County and the City of Mitchell and is supported by the whitewater rafting and boating communities, the Redmond Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, Central Oregon Flyfishers, and additional hunting, angling and conservation groups. On May 7, 2015 Senator Jeff Merkley introduced the Sutton Mountain and Painted Hills Preservation and Economic Enhancement Act of 2015 to ensure that this important area becomes permanently protected.



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