Visitor Services Expanded for Summer 2017

A park ranger holds up a skeleton as she discusses to an audience, the ancient animals found at John Day Fossil Beds.


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News Release Date: May 17, 2017

Visitor Services Expanded for Summer 2017 at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Kimberly, Oregon – The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center in the Sheep Rock Unit of John Day Fossil Beds is currently open 10 am to 5 pm daily. The hours expand to 9 am to 5 pm Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

The Cant Ranch House will be open Saturdays and Sundays, June 11th through August 12th from 10 am – 4:30 pm. On those days, ranger-led tours of the ranch grounds will occur at 1:30 pm.

Ranger programs will be offered at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, June 11th through August 15th, with 11 am ranger talks and 3 pm gallery tours. Friday through Sunday, join a park ranger for a 10 am hike at Blue Basin.

Enjoy the incredible night skies of Eastern Oregon by attending one of our star parties offered at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center on July 15th, August 12th, and September 16th . During August, kids can become Jr. Eclipse Rangers and create their own eclipse viewing box.

The Painted Hills Unit of the monument has been named one of the seven wonders of Oregon by Travel Oregon. The visitor contact station there will be staffed daily during core hours. The Clarno Unit, including the spectacular palisades formation, has trails and picnic facilities open seven days a week year round.

“Not only does John Day Fossil Beds have world-class fossils, we are in the path of totality for the August 21 total solar eclipse.” Superintendent Shelley Hall says, “The eclipse is literally shadowing our summer operations! We anticipate a very exciting and busy summer.”

Additional special events are planned throughout the summer. Visitors should check the monument’s website at for schedules.

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Last updated: May 24, 2017

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