Along U.S. 26 stop in Mitchell, Painted Hills


If you find yourself RVing in Oregon this summer, a pleasant two-lane highway is U.S. 26 cutting through the heart of the state from Ontario near the Idaho border, to Bates, then along the John Day River to Mitchell and through the Ochoco Mountains to Prineville in the middle of the state before heading north via Madras to Portland.

MitchellCafe(JulianneCrane)We’ve driven every foot of it and it never ceases to inspire and refresh.

Last week, we took “the scenic route” home from The Rally in Redmond, which took us along a patch of U.S. 26 from Prineville to Mitchell, population 160, give or take.

After eating breakfast at the Bridge Creek Cafe, we drove through town and happened to noticed a small public RV parking area at the community park in the middle of Mitchell.

Read more about Mitchell and the nearby Painted Hills, by clicking on an article I posted on RV Short Stops.

Photo: Top: Painted Hills (National Park Service). Bottom RVer Jimmy Smith heading for breakfast in the Bridge Creek Cafe in Mitchell, Ore. (Julianne Crane)

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