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.Read More
Forty million years ago, Clarno was a lush rainforest. Remnants of this distant past can still be seen in this much drier place.Read More
Painted Hills Unit
Home to a multitude of plant fossils, the Painted Hill Unit is best known for its colorful geology.Read More
Sheep Rock Unit
The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, in the shadow of Sheep Rock, is the best place to see fossils from all three units of the monument.Read More
Did You Know?
The best place to see the monument's fossils is inside the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center at the Sheep Rock Unit.