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    John Day Fossil Beds

    National Monument Oregon

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 Camping - Travel - Services Map shows the three units and the local highways (updated in May 2014) includes campgrounds, services, and certain travel information as well as GPS addresses for the three units of the monument. Please note that some services shown may not be open 7 days/wk so check with the local chambers of commerce for updated information.

Area Map

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?

Image of the lab viewing window inside the paleontology center.

The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center has a viewing window into the fossil laboratory, where the monument's paleontologists can often be seen at work.