John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Jim Hammet
A visit to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument reveals Oregon's exciting past. Take a journey into ancient Oregon by touring the museum at Sheep Rock, hiking a trail at the Painted Hills, or picnicking at Clarno. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument protects one of the longest and most continuous records of evolutionary change and biotic relationships in North America. Here, scientists have unearthed countless fossils of land plants and animals dating back 6 to 54 million years as well as evidence of the dramatic climatic changes that have occurred.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round (sunrise to sunset)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (sunrise to sunset)
Park Acreage: 
14000
Visitor Count: 
119656
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Painted Hills; Cant Ranch; Sheep Rock; Blue Basin; Cathedral Rock;
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Kimberly, OR
Gateway Communities: 
Dayville, OR; Kimberly, OR; Antelope, OR; Spray, OR; Fossil, OR
Nearby Airports: 
Portland International Airport (PDX); Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (OTH); Burns Municipal Airport (BNO); Grant County Regional Airport / Ogilvie Field (JDA)