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For almost 150 years, paleontologists and geologists have been visiting the John Day Basin to study the area’s abundant fossils and surrounding geology. In 1975 the fossil beds became a National Monument to preserve a world class record of plant and animal evolution, changing climate, and past ecosystems that span over 40 million years.
John Day Fossil Beds consists of three units: Sheep Rock, Painted Hills, and Clarno. All three units of the park display a multitude of fantastic geologic features that are sure to stun visitors from all over the world.
See Ancient Volcanic Mudflows
At the Clarno Unit, explore the only unit in the park where you'll see fossils (plant leaves and wood) along the trail.
Enjoy the Amazing Painted Hills
At the Painted Hills Unit, enjoy the views as you explore ancient Oregon.
The Best Place to See Fossils
At the Sheep Rock Unit, hike, picnic, and visit the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center to discover over 500 fossils on display.
Last updated: December 8, 2017