Ranger Guided Activities

Ranger with Visitor on Blue Basin Trail(Sarah 10-9-05)  (3)
A ranger led hike into Blue Basin is a great way to experience the fossil beds.

John Day Fossil Beds, Sheep Rock Unit
Ranger Programs, June 11th – August 12th 2017


11 am Plaza Talk, 15 min., Meet at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center
Enjoy a short, 15 minute orientation talk about the natural history of John Day Fossil Beds. Check at the visitor center for daily topics.

3 pm Gallery Tour, 45 min., Meet at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center
This 45 minute tour of the gallery reveals the life of ancient Oregon, discusses the landscape’s violent volcanic past, and unearths the latest scientific discoveries of John Day Fossil Beds.

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
10 am Blue Basin Hike, 1 hr., 1 mile, Meet at the Blue Basin Parking Lot
Join a ranger-led hike to explore the Island in Time trail. As you hike through the green-blue clay stone badlands, see fossil casts placed along the trail. This moderate hike has elevation changes. Dog owners should be aware that there are 13 bridges with an open steel mesh tread on the walking surface. Dogs may need to be carried across the bridges. Bring water, sun protection, and a light snack.

Saturdays and Sundays
1:30 pm Cant Ranch Tour, 1 hr., Meet at the Front Porch of the Cant Ranch
Join a ranger-led walk on mostly level ground and step back into a world of hard work and challenges of ranch life at the Historic Cant Ranch. Bring water, sun protection, and a light snack.

Check the calendar button on the menu bar above for information on any special events we might have in addition to our normal ranger programs.

Last updated: June 17, 2017

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