Operating Hours & Seasons
All three units are open year-round during daylight hours.
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)
Daily hours are 10am - 5pm
There are no anticipated closure dates for the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center through the winter season other than Federal holidays from Veteran's Day in November through Presidents Day in February, and December 24th and 31st.
Cant Ranch House (Sheep Rock unit)
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.
Did You Know?
Paleobotanical field work helps scientists at the John Day Fossil Beds learn about ancient climates.