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 Museum
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily

Cant Ranch Historic Home
Usually open Monday - Thursday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The house is open Fridays when staff is available. Closed weekends. The grounds and trails at the ranch are open year round.

Special Event! July 25, 2015
150th Anniversary of Paleontology in Oregon
Come celebrate the 150 year anniversary of Oregon's fossil discovery story, which started right here in the John Day Fossil Bed region of eastern Oregon at the end of the Civil War in 1865. This year is also the 40th anniversary of the parks founding.

All Events Held in the Sheep Rock Unit and All are Open to the Public. The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center will open at 9am on July 25th.

9am - 10:30am
Hike Blue Basin (1.3 miles round trip) with Park Paleontologist Dr. Samuels

10am - 11am
Cant Ranch Tour with Ranger Michelle

11:30am - noon
Art Contest Winners Announced
Unveiling of new Historic Paleontology exhibit

1:30pm - 2:00pm
Theater presentation by Dr. Samuels

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Practice Fossil Lab with Lab Preparator Jen (Kids activity but open to all ages)

2:00pm & 3:00pm
Fossil Gallery Tours with Dr. Samuels and Paleontologist Ted Fremd

Annual Holiday Closure Dates for the Paleontology Museum and Cant Home

January 1 (New Year's)
January 19 (Martin Luther King Day)
February 16 (President's Day)
November 11 (Veterans Day)
November 26 (Thanksgiving)
December 24 (Christmas Eve)
December 25 (Christmas)
December 31 (New Year's Eve)

The paleontology museum is always open on Federal holidays from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. The Cant Ranch house is open on these holidays when staffing allows.

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