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    John Day Fossil Beds

    National Monument Oregon

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Campgrounds

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.

Click here for the newly developed handout (pdf) that shows the known campgrounds near the three units of the monument. Once the pdf downloads, scroll to the 2nd page of the file for detailed campground information and contacts for the commercial campgrounds.

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?

Image of a running rhino from the clarno formation

Some of the earliest rhino fossils in the world were found in the John Day beds. We call these the "running rhinos".