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Kimberly, OR 97848
A visit to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is like taking a journey into ancient Oregon. Whether you tour the museum at Sheep Rock, hike a trail at the Painted Hills, or picnic at Clarno, Oregon's exciting past will be revealed.
Hours + Fees
Park trails, overlooks, and picnic areas are open seven days a week during daylight hours.
The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, located at the Sheep Rock Unit, is open daily, 9:00-4:00, year round; From March 1- October 31, open until 5:00 PM; From Memorial day through Labor day, open until 5:30 PM.
The museum is Closed on all Federal holidays between Thanksgiving and Presidents day.
The James Cant Ranch House is open Monday Through Thursday, 9:00-4:00, and on Fridays and weekends by appointment.
Closed on all Federal holidays between Thanksgiving and Presidents day.
Map + Directions
The Visitor Center at the Sheep Rock Unit is located on Highway 19 between the towns of Dayville and Kimberly, 2 miles from the junction of Highway 26 and Highway 19.
The Painted Hills Unit is located 9 miles northwest of of the town of Mitchell, just off Highway 26. There is no visitor center at this unit.
The Clarno Unit is located 20 miles west of the town of Fossil. along Highway 218. There is no visitor center at this unit.