Operating Hours & Seasons

Two people walk on a boardwalk. They are surrounded by hills of deep red soil.
Visitors hiking along the Painted Cove trail in the Painted Hills Unit.

The outdoor areas, trails, and overlooks at all three units: Sheep Rock, Painted Hills, and Clarno units, are open at all times. The only visitor center at the park is located within the Sheep Rock Unit.

Sheep Rock

Thomas Condon Paleontology Visitor Center the best place for fossils. The Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center is open Thursday - Monday from 9 AM to 5 PM on a metered basis.

Cant Ranch Historic Home & Museum

The Cant Ranch Historic Home & Museum is closed.
The outdoor areas, trails, and overlooks are open at all times.

The National Park Service is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is as follows:

Open: Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center museum, all outdoor areas

Closed: Cant Ranch Historic Home & Museum, Visitor Center movie theater and Junior Ranger room

While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please recreate responsibly by keeping social distance, wearing a face covering inside all federal buildings and when social distance cannot be maintained, avoiding high risk activities, and staying home if you feel sick.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Last updated: September 30, 2021

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32651 Highway 19
Kimberly, OR 97848


(541) 987-2333

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