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.

Layers of Life, Stories of Ancient Oregon text is over red and gold layered rocks

Enjoy the official park film!

The park film helps to tell the story of one of the richest fossil beds in North America, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

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Services are Limited

Stay safe while social distancing. Visit the park safety and recreate responsibly!

Enjoy hiking trails and other outdoor activities at John Day Fossil Beds.

Trails, Views, and Picnic Areas

Stay close to home if you can and enjoy hiking trails and other outdoor activities at John Day Fossil Beds.

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.

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Coloring pages, scavenger hunts, & more!

Have fun while exploring the park from your home.

Last updated: July 29, 2020

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Mailing Address:

32651 Highway 19
Kimberly, OR 97848


(541) 987-2333

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