The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center is located in the Sheep Rock Unit of the monument, 9 miles west of Dayville, Oregon. The parking lot has a non-sloping paved approach to the center. Inside the center is a fossil museum, theater, education room, bookstore, restrooms, and drinking fountains, all of which are accessible to visitors. The park film is shown with captions on at all times although an audio description is not yet available. Touch exhibits including a wide variety of fossil replicas are available in the center. A wheelchair is available for loan at the center.
Trails and Overlooks: Most of the park trails and overlooks are not considered accessible as they are surfaced with loose gravel, have dropoffs, or are steep. The Foree area of the Sheep Rock Unit has the ¼ mile Story in Stone Trail. It has a rough uneven asphalt surface with slopes that exceed ADA standards. Monument staff is reviewing project possibilities to create new ADA compliant trails.
Did You Know?
Paleobotanical field work helps scientists at the John Day Fossil Beds learn about ancient climates.