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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is located in rural Oregon. There are no public transportation options. The three units can only be reached by road.
The Sheep Rock Unit is located between the towns of Dayville and Kimberly. The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center is on Highway 19, two miles north of the junction with Highway 26. The Cant Ranch Museum is slightly north of the Paleontology Center on the opposite side of the road. Trails and picnic areas are also available in the unit.
The Painted Hills Unit is located 9 miles northwest of of the town of Mitchell. The entrance is on Burnt Ranch Road, 6 miles north of its junction with Highway 26. There is no visitor center at this unit, but there is a picnic area available, as well as several trails.
The Clarno Unit is located on Highway 218 twenty miles west of the town of Fossil. There is no visitor center at this unit, but there is a picnic area available, as well as several trails.
The above chart shows average drive time for travel between monument units and other common stops. These estimates do not include time for stops.
Did You Know?
Fossils from the Clarno Unit show that 44 million years ago, in what is now a near desert in Oregon, crocodiles and palm trees flourished.