Area Overview Map

Map showing the three units of the monument in the center, surrounded by nearby small towns. Cities such as Portland, Bend, and Ontario are near the edges of the map.
The three units of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument are located in north-central Oregon, approximately halfway between Portland, OR and Boise, ID. They can only be reached by car on secondary roads. Travel time between the units varies between one and two hours. Due to the distances between units, we do not generally recommend trying to visit all three in the same day.



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Trail Maps

Trail maps can be found on each of the unit pages.
Clarno is the best place to find fossils in situ.

Clarno Unit

The Clarno Unit is home to the oldest exposed layers of the John Day Fossil Beds, and the only place in the monument to find "wild" fossils.

Painted Hills Unit consists of fossilized soils from wet forests no longer found in eastern Oregon.

Painted Hills Unit

The colorful stripes and gentle ripples of the Painted Hills makes it one of the most popular destinations in the park.

Eroded claystone reveals the past with blue, tan, pink, and brown rock layers.

Sheep Rock Unit

Home to the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center and the Cant Ranch Museum, the Sheep Rock Unit also has many trails and scenic views.

Last updated: February 15, 2019

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