The rugged and remote landscape of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is fascinating and awe-inspiring. As you admire the colorful layers of volcanic clay on the Sheep Rock Cam, imagine what ancient wonders lay hidden there, encased in a tomb of hardened ash for millions of years.

Fortunately, you don't have to rely entirely on your imagination! Our Paleo Lab Cam gives you a backstage glimpse of real scientists at work. You'll be able to watch, in real time, as our paleontologists meticulously prepare fossils for study and public display.


Painted Hills Unit: Carroll Rim

The webcam points towards the northwest at Carroll Rim, a 2430 ft (741 m) hill capped by ignimbrite, or a massive pyroclastic deposit. The ignimbrite sits on top of the Turtle Cove member of the John Day formation. The iconic painted hills are not visible in this image, but the view gives a good approximation of what the weather may be like at the Painted Hills Unit.

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Clarno Unit: The Palisades

The webcam is pointed towards the northwest at the Clarno Palisades, 50-million-year-old mudflow deposits. The Palisades are approximately 1,750 ft (533 m) in elevation. If you want to beat the crowds, visit the Clarno Unit because it is the least visited unit of the park.

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Sheep Rock

Sheep Rock is one of the magnificent centerpieces of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, rising over 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor. Colorful, fossil-rich volcanic ash layers are visible on its slopes. This webcam points towards the east and the top of Sheep Rock reaches 3360 ft (1024 m).

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Sheep Rock Unit: Paleontology Lab

Science takes center stage at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Our Paleontology Lab Cam allows you to watch our paleontologists remove rock from around fossils. Sometimes there are other tasks to do, but when they are working on other projects, they usually leave a fossil that they have been working on in the camera's field of view. The lights usually come on at 9 am Pacific and go out at 5 pm Pacific.

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Last updated: July 30, 2020

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