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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

John Day, OR
+1 541-987-2333
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nice to see

Nice to see but a lot of driving to go between the 3 different units and the whole area is... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2016
Portland, Oregon
Beautiful even in the rain. A very unique area to visit.

Loved this area. Beautiful even in the rain. A very unique area to visit. We ooohed and aaawwed... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2016
Sunny M
Orange, California
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Reviewed 6 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

3  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 28 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
Reviewed 27 September 2016

This is a must visit site. We visited the painted hills site in Sept 2016 it is truly breathtakingly gorgeous, They have about 4-5 different trails you can hike plus loads of differing areas for taking pictures

1  Thank jhambright70
Reviewed 25 September 2016

The visitor center has a good museum. Lots of hiking trails. Its too bad people cant stay on the trails, especially on the painted hills. Kinda ruins the effect.

1  Thank William D
Reviewed 25 September 2016

We stopped at the Mascall Formation Overlook briefly on the way to John Day. From this vantage point above Highway 26, you see the John Day valley, Strawberry Mountain Range, Picture Gorge and the Mascall formations. Wish we would have had more time to actually...More

Thank SoCalOregonian
Reviewed 17 September 2016

We traveled through the Painted Hills section of the John Day National Monument and it was outstanding. The colorful hills were beautiful with the reds, golden and white colors to name a few. It was not as extensive as I anticipated but I am certainly...More

Thank Frank H
Reviewed 15 September 2016

I think the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is one of the most interesting places in Oregon to visit. When planning your visit, however, it's important to keep in mind that this place has 3 "units" (Sheep Rock Unit, Painted Hills Unit, and Clarno...More

1  Thank James C
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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.