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Changes to Visitor Service Due to Sequestration
Due to mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts, some visitor services in this park have changed. Please check the Plan Your Visit section for more information. More »
History & Culture
Fossils may have been the reason that John Day Fossil Beds National Monument was established, but the human story goes back thousands of years and many people call this place home.
Finished in the year 2000, a comprehensive book commissioned by the National Park Service explores the regional history that intersects with the monument. Click the Rocks and Hard Places link below and navigate by chapter to read more on the amazing human stories of the John Day country.
Rocks and Hard Places
Did You Know?
The Painted Hills at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument are made of heavily eroded volcanic ash layers.