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    John Day Fossil Beds

    National Monument Oregon

Ranger Guided Activities

Ranger with Visitor on Blue Basin Trail(Sarah 10-9-05)  (3)
A ranger led hike into Blue Basin is a great way to experience the fossil beds.

There are no planned ranger activities in the winter of 2014. Rangers are available at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center for questions.

For special group programs, please contact us.
Ranger-led programs are free.

Special photography hikes at the Painted Hills are the only way to go to areas that are normally off limits, but space is limited. For more information or reservations for these hikes, call the Painted Hills Ranger at (541)-987-2333 x 1240. The following dates and times have been set for the 2014 season:

Two hikes on May 17, 2014
Morning 7am - 9am
Evening 6pm - sunset (8:21pm)

Two hikes on July 19, 2014
Morning 7am - 9am
Evening 6pm - sunset (8:38pm)

Two hikes on September 13, 2014
Morning 7am - 9am
Evening 6pm - sunset (7:12 pm)

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.