John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
A tour through
The Painted Hills Unit at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument are a perfect
example of the power of erosion.
Twenty-five million years ago, the
Fossilized leaf imprints and whole leaves at Painted Hills and Clarno indicate that a variety of plants grew here, including palm, fig, cinnamon, cycad, and tree ferns. The visitor center features fossils recovered from the John Day Basin, and outdoor trails lead past fossil beds and through the monument's scenic landscape.
- Sheep Rock Unit: Highway 19 between the towns of Dayville
- Painted Hills Unit: Nine miles northwest of the town of
, just off Highway 26 Mitchell, OR
- Clarno Unit: Eight miles west of the town of Fossil, OR along Highway 218
Hours of Operation: Park trails, overlooks, and picnic areas are open daily during daylight hours. The
- Daily , year-round
- Mar. 1 - Oct. 31,
- Memorial Day - Labor Day,
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eric Peterson is a Denver-based author who has contributed to numerous guidebooks about the