John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, John Day

4.8
#26 of 210 in Nature in Oregon
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  • Painted Hills Unit is 9 miles north of Mitchell off US26 and has restrooms, shaded picnic tables and trails. The hills are amazing with different colours , mainly reds, yellows and ochre X. The 2 main...  more »
  • The views along the road from Painted Hills are breathtaking. Nature in all its majesty. Personally we are not into “ rocks and bones” but we learned a lot, so if you are then, this is Nirvana especia...  more »
  • John Day Fossil Beds has 3 sites: Sheep Rock Unit, Painted Hills Unit and Clarno Unit. I rank them in that order too. Sheep Rock Unit is where there is an excellent museum as well as a historical ranc...  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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