While camping is not allowed in any of the units of the monument, there are many nearby campgrounds. Some have full service amenities, some are quiet and remote, some are in the forest, and some are right on the John Day river.
Dispersed camping is allowed on Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands without a permit, but it is recommended that campers obtain a map that shows current property boundaries.
Did You Know?
Paleobotanical field work helps scientists at the John Day Fossil Beds learn about ancient climates.