Food and Fuel
Picnic areas are available at all three units for those who bring their own food. There are no food concessions or vending machines within the monument, but most of the surrounding communities have at least one small cafe and convenience store. Hours and days of operation vary seasonally.
Wheeler County (restaurants can be found within the business listings for each community)
Oregon is a full-service only state, meaning that you are not permitted to pump your own fuel. Due to this requirement, it can be difficult to impossible to buy fuel after 6pm or before 8am in the communities surrounding the monument. Fill up with gasoline before leaving major roads or communities if you will be traveling late.
There is a fleet (business-use only) fuel station in Mitchell. There is also a retail pump at that site and it is open intermittently. Otherwise, the only fuel available during the day on Highway 26 near the monument is at Prineville, Dayville, Mt. Vernon, and John Day, so plan your gas stops carefully.
Did You Know?
Paleobotanical field work helps scientists at the John Day Fossil Beds learn about ancient climates.