John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, John Day

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#26 of 254 in Nature in Oregon
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  • We stopped here on our way home from Baker City. Lots of history about the land, fascinating fossils, and free. A must do if your on highway 26.  more »
  • The Painted Hills were beautiful. The colors amazing. We did the hike at the fossil beds on a well traveled trail with signs pointing out the fossils. Great stop.  more »
  • An array of watercolor under our eyes in 3D... Really impressed! An immensity, colors, light that changes as the minutes pass.
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  • What an interesting area! Lots of trails to hike and things to see. Beautiful scenery, crisp winds with changing temperatures. Most trails have sign posts identifying topographical features. Drive to all trailheads. Great museum and historical local ranch to visit. Watch out for rattlesnakes in the barn in warm/hot weather (there are warning sign to that effect). Take water for hydration and appropriate clothing for the weather.
  • Interesting, educational and great for exploring and hiking. The landscape changes a great deal between the different units of the park. Take in at least two units and experience the differences and see how they are the same as well. It will be worth the time. If you decide to visit the Painted Hills, try to schedule the visit in the afternoon, the colors will be more vivid in the later sunlight.
  • We went here over the Memorial Day weekend. It was incredibly fascinating. There are several movies that can be played that talk about the area and why it is the way it is. The walk through area was especially interesting, as there are real fossils on display. For those wanting to dig their own fossils, you have to go to Fossil, Oregon which is a little over an hours drive away but totally worth it. Sheep Rock is also a short jaunt down the road but again worth the extra time
  • The Painted Hills are surreal and quiet. We spent a beautiful afternoon walking around them. Something to see really, worth the drive. The drive was equally lovely, through the Ochoco forest.
  • Beautiful country. The place to go if you want to learn about geology, especially Oregon geology. We had a great ranger talk at the paleontology center. The trails are beautiful with something different around every corner. The surrounding country is so gorgeous, too.
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