March 7, 2014
Road and Trail Conditions Update:
Weather is forecast to transition from showers this weekend to dry, sunny conditions next week and into the following weekend.
Due to heavy snowfall in February and repeated rainstorms the last few weeks, trails monument-wide have sections that will have slippery surfaces and deep mud in places, and may be hazardous near dropoffs, especially after rain showers. Some trail sections in shaded or low areas where water collects will remain muddy into April. Hiking boots are recommended this time of year.
All paved roads are in good condition. Watch for herds of cattle on the road into Painted Hills. After a rain shower, the dirt road through the the Painted Hills may only be passable for vehicles that have traction control like all-wheel drive. Slippery clay was washed onto the road from melting snow last month. Do not try to drive around these wet areas. The shoulder is softer and more hazardous than the road and vehicles will get stuck. By next week road conditions are expected to return to normal as sunny weather is forecast.
March 4, 2014:
Tourism to John Day Fossil Beds National Monument generates $6,493,600 in local business each year. Press Release
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