The rugged and remote landscape of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is fascinating and awe-inspiring. As you admire the colorful layers of volcanic clay on the Sheep Rock Cam, imagine what ancient wonders lay hidden there, encased in a tomb of hardened ash for millions of years.
Fortunately, you don't have to rely entirely on your imagination! Our Paleo Lab Cam gives you a backstage glimpse of real scientists at work. You'll be able to watch, in real time, as our paleontologists meticulously prepare fossils for study and public display.
Sheep Rock is one of the magnificent centerpieces of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, rising over 1,000 feet above the valley floor. Colorful, fossil-rich volcanic ash layers are visible on its slopes.
(Updated May 5, 2015) Due to employees working on other tasks, this webcam will frequently be idle.
Science takes center stage at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Our Paleontology Lab Cam allows you to watch our paleontologists using a miniature jackhammer to remove rock from around a fossil. When they are working on other projects, they leave a fossil that they have been working on in the camera's field of view.