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    John Day Fossil Beds

    National Monument Oregon

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)

Daily hours:
Through May 22, 2014: 10am - 5pm
Friday, May 23rd - Saturday August 16: 9am - 5pm
August 17, 2014 to May, 2015: 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)

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?

Crocodiles in oregon?

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.