Directions

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is located in rural Oregon. It can only be reached by road.

The Grant County People Mover runs from Bend to John Day a few times each week with stops in local towns. However, it does not go to any of the three units of the monument.

The Sheep Rock Unit is located between the towns of Dayville and Kimberly. The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center is on Highway 19, two miles north of the junction with Highway 26. The Cant Ranch Museum is slightly north of the Paleontology Center on the opposite side of the road. Trails and picnic areas are also available in the unit.

The Painted Hills Unit is located 9 miles northwest of of the town of Mitchell. Three miles west of Mitchell, turn north on Burnt Ranch Road from Highway 26. Travel six miles up Burnt Ranch Road and turn left onto Bear Creek Road to enter the monument. There is no visitor center at this unit, but there is a picnic area as well as several trails.

The Clarno Unit is located on Highway 218 between the towns of Fossil and Antelope. There is no visitor center at this unit, but there is a picnic area as well as several trails.

Last updated: December 7, 2017

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Mailing Address:

32651 Highway 19
Kimberly, OR 97848

Phone:

(541) 987-2333

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