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 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

Learn about Earth's history from one of the most complete fossil records on the planet.

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

Hike at John Day Fossil Beds

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

Image of a virtual fossil

Take a Virtual Tour!

Travel back into the distant past in North America, to the wilds of volcanic Central Oregon.

Last updated: September 5, 2017

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32651 Highway 19
Kimberly, OR 97848


(541) 987-2333

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