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    John Day Fossil Beds

    National Monument Oregon

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  • Hwy. 26 open between Prineville and Mitchell, OR - Updated Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    US26 mile posts 34.8 To 53 affected, estimated delay of 20 minutes - 2 hrs. Traffic is being piloted through area. Use caution and expect delays. Air quality in the area is poor. Click the More link for fire and road info for all three units of the park More »


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 the painted hills

The Painted Hills at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument are made of heavily eroded volcanic ash layers.