Is Camping Allowed within John Day Fossil Beds National Monument?
No. While camping is not allowed within the three units of the monument, there are many nearby campgrounds. Some have full service amenities, some are quiet and remote, some are in the forest, and some are right on the John Day River.
Dispersed Camping Information
Dispersed camping is allowed on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service (USFS) lands without a permit, but it is recommended that campers obtain a map that shows current property boundaries. Please contact the BLM , (541) 573-4400 or (541) 416-6700, or the USFS, (541) 575-3000 or (541) 416-6500, for more information.
Web information is updated as of May 2020 based on information provided by businesses to the National Park Service. Information subject to change at any time. Contact the park with suggestions or for updates. If you would like a camping and services map mailed to you, please e-mail us.
Last updated: May 28, 2020