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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

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John Day, OR
+1 541-987-2333
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Nice Hiking and Geological Treasures

We went on two short hikes (1/2 mi and 1/4 mile) with views of the Painted Hills. Although the... read more

Reviewed today
JK_SATX
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Nice surprise in the middle of Oregon

What is great of John Day Fossil Beds is they have three units in One! We visited the Painted... read more

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"visitor center"
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"the painted hills unit"
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"million years"
in 11 reviews
"john day fossil beds"
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"blue basin"
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"clarno unit"
in 39 reviews
"overlook trail"
in 14 reviews
"eastern oregon"
in 13 reviews
"rock formations"
in 11 reviews
"short trails"
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"gravel road"
in 6 reviews
"cove trail"
in 18 reviews
"picnic area"
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"worth the trip"
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"hiking trails"
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Reviewed today via mobile

We went on two short hikes (1/2 mi and 1/4 mile) with views of the Painted Hills. Although the temperature was in the high 80’s, it felt quite hot, so the short hike was plenty for me. I understand the colors are best in the...More

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Reviewed today via mobile

What is great of John Day Fossil Beds is they have three units in One! We visited the Painted Desert and Visitor Center in the south! Both places were amazing with diversity and history! The mammal bone exhibits at the visitor center was astounding

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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a great place for all ages to learn about this areas history many, many years ago. This is truly a must stop.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the painted hills as well as the blue canyon trails. We didn’t do the 3.8 mile trail. It was well over 100 degrees when we were there so we just did the shorter trail. It was very nice and well maintained.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center and Visitor Center as well as the Mascall overlook formation is a must see you will not be disappointed.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trip to painted hills off a freeway on a paved road that turns into a gravel road... The first glimpse of what is to come is on the way. the visitor center has brochures and there are 5 stops to view. the hills are...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove out to the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. It was July and far too hot for us to spend much time out of doors. We enjoyed driving through the Picture Gorge river canyon on our way to...More

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Reviewed July 15, 2018

We dropped by the main museum on our way to the coast, then planned our trip so we could return and spend time at Clarno and at the museum near John Day. For me, the highlight was the walk at Clarno. Signs indicate where fossils...More

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Reviewed July 15, 2018

WOWZA!! Gorgeousness!! Definitely worth the extra detour off highway 26. Colors are amazing. It was ridiculously hot the day we did this so we did not want to do a lot of hiking, we literally walked the equivalent of about 1/8 mile and gave up....More

1  Thank kfreestings
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

There are three sections to this park, Painted Hills, Sheep Rock and Clarmo. We visited Painted Hills and Sheep Rock. Painted Hills is similar to Painted desert in Arizona where the the desert is of different colors. In painted Hills, the mountain have shapes of...More

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villacres517
August 17, 2018|
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Response from amysG8179GO | Reviewed this property |
I believe the closest airport is in North Bend. However, I don't know where you are traveling from. From where I live, the only airlines flying into North Bend is Alaska Airlines. Southwest may not fly there. John Day... More
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Venkateshwar V
June 8, 2018|
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Response from amysG8179GO | Reviewed this property |
The roads are paved for the most part. When you get to the painted hills area, the roads are gravel. We drove a fairly large van and had no problems. I presume an SUV is of similar size or smaller, depending on the model... More
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RoopaSheth
January 23, 2018|
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