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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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Colorful Layers Of Beauty!

After exploring all three units, The Sheep Rock Unit, The Clarno Unit and The Painted Hills... read more

Reviewed July 23, 2016
Naples, Florida
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Outstanding natural attraction

We visited the Blue Basin area at the Sheep Rock site (and close to the visitor centre) and the... read more

Reviewed July 17, 2016
Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 23, 2016

After exploring all three units, The Sheep Rock Unit, The Clarno Unit and The Painted Hills Unit, you just say WOW!!! You can't explain it and a photo does it no justice, you must see the beauty to believe it! The colors and diversity of...More

Thank BrendaNaples
Reviewed July 17, 2016

We visited the Blue Basin area at the Sheep Rock site (and close to the visitor centre) and the Painted Hills. Loved both experiences, which are quite different. The up-and-back track up into the Blue Basin (to me it looked pretty green, but still) was...More

Thank twokiwis2014
Reviewed July 15, 2016

The surrounding hills are absolutely beautiful. Stop by the Thomas Condon visitor center to get the best information on how to visit this park. Lots to see. Bring your camera!

Thank smokymtndeb
Reviewed July 12, 2016

We went to the Painted Hills District, the visitor center and the Blue Basin area. The colorful rocks, hills and grass were so pretty. Pictures does not do this place justice. The boardwalk through the red hills was exceptional. The visitor center was very informative,...More

Thank Tyme4relaxing
Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

For what seems like the middle of nowhere this place is amazing! I live only a couple hours away and shockingly have never been here. What a treat it was to see these hills and learn more about the natural history in this site. There...More

Thank Karen W
Reviewed July 7, 2016

We visited the Painted Hills area of the John Day complex (near Mitchell, OR, about 30 miles from John Day town) first, and the hills are spectacular. There is a nice picnic area for lunch at the visitor center there, and a very useful explanation...More

Thank ChinaDick
Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

A vastly different landscape and the history over this area is so rich with life over millions of years. Once a tropical forest and very diverse wild life, elephants, early horses, large cats, and more. Then volcanos, lava flows about every 8000 years. The area...More

Thank Larry B
Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Its a full day if you visit all 3 units of the fossil beds. We did it backwards but the way we came into it made it ok. Should start at the Thomas Condon Center where you can gather your information. The Clarno unit is...More

3  Thank pmcelhinney
Reviewed June 28, 2016

Pictures and words cannot express the beauty the Painted Hills park has to offer. It was raining when we arrived so we went to have dinner in Mitchell and came back at sunset. The sky was just clearing at the end of the day and...More

Thank Peterson01
Reviewed June 28, 2016

Second time we have been to John Day Fossil Beds but first time to Sheep Rock Unit. Geology is very interesting and Palentology Center is fascinating. There is also a very nice bathroom which is always a welcome site on a long road trip with...More

Thank Paula S
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May 28, 2017|
Response from Sherry P | Reviewed this property |
I honestly don't know. Your best bet is to call the Monument's Visitor Center or perhaps the community of John Day's visitor center or Chamber of Commerce.
February 28, 2017|
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Response from jhambright70 | Reviewed this property |
yes, we camped at Clyde Holliday state park it is about an hour away from the fossil beds It is just south west of the town of John Day Oregon on Hwy 395
January 5, 2017|
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Response from Sassamatt | Reviewed this property |
not inside the protected area. ask at the info station, and they will give you directions.