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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

John Day, OR
+1 541-987-2333
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Out of the way, but oh so worth it.

I was only able to spend half of a day here, but my wife, daughter, and I had a total blast. We... read more

Reviewed 30 November 2016
Chris M
Portland, Oregon
Wow. Just wow.

If the outdoor views don't leave you slack-jawed, the visitor center will. Cool, huge exhibit of... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2016
Joan C
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Reviewed 30 November 2016

I was only able to spend half of a day here, but my wife, daughter, and I had a total blast. We didn't stop inside the visitor center, so I cannot speak for that. However, the hiking was top notch. The trails were not very...More

1  Thank Chris M
Reviewed 22 November 2016

If the outdoor views don't leave you slack-jawed, the visitor center will. Cool, huge exhibit of paleontology from the region, mostly post-Jurassic periods. Loads of fossils. I've now been to all three units of the John Day Fossil Beds, Clarno, Sheep's rock, and Painted Hills....More

2  Thank Joan C
Reviewed 15 November 2016

The visit to the Fossil Beds National Monument was fantastic. The scenery is out of this world and the displays in the center were as interesting as they were educational.

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Reviewed 12 November 2016

The staff was extremely helpful. The outside bathroom are always clean and well stocked. It is an amazing place to stretch your legs and the views are gorgeous. The museum is very informative with tons of fossils and samples. Start you National Park Passport. It...More

1  Thank sharkladylaura
Reviewed 8 November 2016

This area is so beautiful and so geographically unique that it just needs to been seen to be believed. We visited all three units and drove the scenic highways in between. The weather was crisp and clear and perfect. Make sure you visit the visitors...More

1  Thank ChinaGal_57
Reviewed 5 November 2016

Nice to see but a lot of driving to go between the 3 different units and the whole area is isolated. It would be a good camping or RV trip as there is essentially no overnight lodging. Best to go in spring or fall when...More

1  Thank murraysmom2015
Reviewed 4 November 2016

Loved this area. Beautiful even in the rain. A very unique area to visit. We ooohed and aaawwed, took lots of pictures. It is about 60 miles west of John Day but was worth the trip even though we were to travel east that day....More

3  Thank Sunny M
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

This is one of the most amazing attractions we have ever visited, and to think it's right here in the Pacific Northwest! The monument consists of three sections, Painted Hills, Clarno, and Sheep Rock. The Painted Hills Unit is an area with beautiful red, gold...More

4  Thank Worrygrandma
Reviewed 28 September 2016

There are 3 separate units for John Day Fossil Beds. We went to the Painted Hills Unit and Sheep Rock Unit. The Painted Hills are amazing....the colors beautiful. The Condon Paleantology museum in the Sheep Rock Unit is absolutely mind boggling. So much information and...More

3  Thank Adrienne F
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Beautiful. Make sure you go down to the trail heads to get up close with the painted hills. Sunny days are best.

1  Thank robinsdl
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hello. we are planning to come in our RV on 8 June. is there a dispersed site, or pullout along the road to painted hills we could camp at?
29 May 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.
Is there camping available in the area?
1 March 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
Is there an area where you can dig for fossils?
6 January 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.