John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, John Day

4.8
#26 of 209 in Nature in Oregon
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  • We took the time to visit all 3 "Units" and we were definitely not dissapointed. Clarno Unit-The Palisade was our first stop and the size of these formations is stunning. There's fossils in the rocks ...  more »
  • Consisting of 3 different units, each are worth the visit as they are very different, in formation and geology. I would say that Painted Hills are the "prettiest" unit, with its rainbow colours. Each ...  more »
  • Beautiful scenery but the best part is the interpretive center with informative displays and the opportunity to get questions answered.  more »
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  • Wish this place got more funding so it could be a bigger museum! What is there is really awesome though. Local fossils and lots of history, as well as great explanations of evolution. One room is dedicated to horses - if there's a horse lover in your life, I think it's worth taking them there.
  • Beautiful place with nature and history everywhere. Very nice staff at the visitors center, but other information was easy to read and understand. Should be on people's bucket list!
  • Perfect weather makes the experience so much better... Check prineville weather.. great for the kids as well.
  • Went for the total eclipse and watched the park rangers and the monument do an amazing job at handling (record) crowds and being as amenable as possible so everyone would have a great experience. The trails are relatively easy and short, but the park covers so much diverse landscape that the trails all show interesting finds from fossils to the more modern history of a farming family. The only downside is that the there units of the park are pretty spread out (about an hour between parks). They all highlight entirely different elements though, so all are well worth the drive time.
  • This place is great but just be aware if you go in during the summer it is hot so bring plenty of water what I enjoy the most was that a lot of their Trails were wheelchair-accessible and I was able to get around and read some information about this area
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