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.


Rangers are available at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center for questions. At this time the park does not have any ranger programs scheduled.

Join us July 25th, 2015 for our tri-anniversary! 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the monument's establishment, the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, and the 150th of the first paleontological expedition to the fossil beds by Thomas Condon. We will have several events that day for visitors to enjoy.

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
40th Anniversary Celebration
July 25, 2015

Schedule of Events

9-10:30 am Blue Basin hike with a paleontologist

10-11 am Cant Ranch tour

11:30 am Main Event
- Cake
- Art Contest winners announced
- Unveiling of new exhibit

1-1:30 pm Presentation by park paleontologist

2 pm & 3 pm Gallery Tours with park paleontologist

2-4 pm Practice Fossil Lab with park preparator

6 pm Potluck dinner and reunion of current and former employees in Dayville

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