Wildfire shuts down Hwy. 26 between Prineville and Mitchell, OR - Updated Monday, July 21, 2014
Hwy 26 remains closed between mileposts 35 - 56 in the Ochoco Mtns, 18 miles west of Mitchell due to the Bailey Butte Fire. Air quality in the area is poor. Click the More link for fire and road information for all three units of the monument. More »
State of the Park
State of the Park Report
In 1916, the public entrusted the National Park Service with the care of our most special places - places that preserve the natural and cultural history of America for everyone to experience.
We take this responsibility seriously and want to make sure that we are doing what is necessary to protect parks for future generations. So, scientists and managers across the country are creating State of the Park Reports to evaluate and communicate park conditions in a clear and simple way.
Here at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, our report provides:
• a snapshot of the status and trend in the condition of the park's most important resources and values
• a summary of complex scientific, scholarly, and park operations information
• highlights of our stewardship activities and accomplishments
• key issues and challenges facing park managers
We will use this report to guide decisions and priorities in the future. We hope you'll join us in our effort to preserve John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
Did You Know?
The first horses evolved in North America 50 million years ago, and at least 14 different genera have been found at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon.