Phones out of order
The JODA main line and the visitor center line are both not working properly. Click the More link to email visitor services until the phone issue is resolved. More »
Changes to Visitor Service Due to Sequestration
Due to mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts, some visitor services in this park have changed. Please check the Plan Your Visit section for more information. More »
Things To Know Before You Come
There is no cell phone service within the monument. Most of our local communities do have cell coverage, depending on your carrier. Mitchell has no cellular service, but there is still a functioning pay phone across the road from the general store.
Oregon is a full-service only state, meaning that you are not permitted to pump your own gasoline. Due to this requirement, it can be difficult to impossible to buy gasoline in the evening or at night in the communities surrounding the monument. Fill up with gasoline before leaving major roads or communities if you will be traveling late.
The fuel station in Mitchell is for cardlock holders only. For all practical purposes, for most visitors, there is no fuel available on Highway 26 between Prineville and Dayville at any time of day. It is inadvisable to travel this stretch of road with under half a tank of fuel.
Due to winding roads, actual travel times are longer than those estimated by most mapping programs and GPS units. Visitors should not expect to average more than 45 miles per hour anywhere in the region. The road to the Clarno Unit (Highway 218) is particularly curvy, and visitors should not expect to cover more than 35 miles per hour on it.
Did You Know?
Fossils from the Clarno Unit show that 44 million years ago, in what is now a near desert in Oregon, crocodiles and palm trees flourished.