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    John Day Fossil Beds

    National Monument Oregon

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Click here for a full size version of the regional map shown below. Scroll down for maps of the three individual units of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Official highway map from the State of Oregon

Roads that lead to the fossil beds
Sheep Rock Map

NPS Maps

The monument's paleontology museum and visitor center is located at the Sheep Rock Unit along with the historic Cant Ranch house that serves as the monument headquarters.The closest town is Dayville, OR.

Sheep Rock Unit High Resolution PDF


The Painted Hills Unit is located just off highway 26, 9 miles northwest of Mitchell, and 75 miles east of Bend. Outdoor exhibits, a picnic area and hiking are available for visitors at this unit.

Painted Hills Unit High Resolution PDF

Painted Hills map and hiking trails

The Clarno Unit is located 18 miles west of the town of Fossil along Highway 218. It features hiking trails, exhibits,and a picnic area with restrooms.

Clarno Unit High Resolution PDF

Clarno Area for TCPC Area Map

Clarno Unit Palisades Trails High Resolution PDF

Clarno Trails showing trail detail at the Palisades
Most of the Clarno Unit is undeveloped. The three trails developed for the public are shown here. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry operates a private science camp within this unit on non-NPS land. It is closed to the general public. It is reached by the Hancock Field Station road, which is open to all visitors up to the Field Station gate.

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.