Plan Your Visit
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument consists of three units: the Clarno Unit, the Painted Hills Unit, and the Sheep Rock Unit. These three locations are dispersed through east-central Oregon, and visiting all three units is difficult to do in a single day, but is possible with an early start.
This John Day Regional Travel Map shows the three units and the local highways (updated in April, 2014) includes campgrounds, services, and certain travel information as well as GPS addresses for the three units of the monument. Please note that some businesses shown may not be open 7 days/wk so check with the local chambers of commerce for updated information.
The amount of time visitors have available and the route of travel they take through the area often are the determining factors on which unit(s) they visit.
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.