Operating Hours & Seasons
All three units are open year-round.
There are two museums in the monument and both are located in the Sheep Rock unit. There are no visitor centers in the Painted Hills or Clarno units.
Thomas Condon Paleontology Center (Sheep Rock unit)
Cant Ranch House (Sheep Rock unit)
Winter/Spring hours are 9am - 4pm, Monday - Thursday. It is open some Fridays when staff is available. It is closed on weekends. The Cant House may have to close without notice if there are not enough staff available. It will be closed on Federal Holidays from Veteran's Day in November through Presidents Day in February, as well as December 24th and 31st.
Summer hours remain 9am - 4pm Monday - Thursday and open most Fridays. The Cant House museum is also anticipated to be open 10am - 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays Memorial Day weekend - August 15, 2014.
Did You Know?
The first horses evolved in North America 50 million years ago, and at least 14 different genera have been found at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon.