Active Science & Spectacular Scenery

Colorful rock formations at John Day Fossil Beds preserve a world class record of plant and animal evolution, changing climate, and past ecosystems that span over 40 million years.  Exhibits and a working lab at the Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center as well as scenic drives and hikes at all three units allow visitors to explore the prehistoric past of Oregon and see science in action.

Learning about dead things has never been more lively.

The Age of Mammals Comes to Life

Visit the Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center to meet Oregon's ancient plants and animals.

A large variety of fossils await you right here on our website!

Fossils of the John Day Region

Discover what has been unearthed and how Oregon has changed, right from where you already are.

a smiling child with a junior ranger badge on his chest

Coloring pages, scavenger hunts, & more!

Have fun while exploring the park from your home.

A bend in a river deposited a large concentration of mammals 40 million years ago.

A Land of Brontotheres and Small Horses

Herbivores such as brontotheres, tapirs, oreodonts, and horses were found in the Hancock Mammal Quarry .

Lake Beds and Deciduous Trees

Dawn Redwoods Towered Over Lakeshores

A wide variety of plant material has been preserved in fine grain lake sediment including the Metasequoia, Oregon's state fossil.

As grasslands expanded some species thrived while others slowly died out.

Four-tusked elephants in ancient Oregon

Long-legged hoofed animals including horses, camels, and giraffe-deer swiftly crossed open meadows to escape beardogs and cats.

Last updated: March 27, 2020

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