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    John Day Fossil Beds

    National Monument Oregon

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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Did You Know?

Image of the painted hills

The Painted Hills at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument are made of heavily eroded volcanic ash layers.