Active Science & Spectacular Scenery

Colorful rock formations at John Day Fossil Beds preserve a world class record of plant and animal evolution, changing climate, and past ecosystems that span over 40 million years.  Exhibits and a working lab at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center as well as scenic drives and hikes at all three units allow visitors to explore the prehistoric past of Oregon and see science in action.

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Painted Hills Unit

Three Park Units

Discover John Day Fossil Beds National Monument's three separate units: Sheep Rock, Painted Hills, and Clarno

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Parks Fossils

Fossils in the Parks

The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument contains one of the most complete records of terrestrial land mammal evolution in the Northern Hemisphere.

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The monuments geology

Geologic Formations

The John Day Valley is host to many rock types, from claystones to conglomerates the monument holds a variety of stunning geologic formations.

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science in the parks

Science in the Parks

Research in the park is ongoing and not limited to just paleontology. Click here to learn about conservation efforts and projects within the monument

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During the spring and early summer months a great variety of wildflowers are in bloom at the monument

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virtual tour

Virtual Tour

If you can't visit the monument, don't worry! Visit us on the web from the comfort of your home and take an interactive tour of the exhibits.

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