John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Geologic Time Trail

Geologic Time Trail [1/4 mile one way]
?This trail connects the picnic area and trailhead area, leading one below the

Palisades cliff. The trail symbolizes a timeline. Signs along the way note pre- historic events of the last 50 million years. Each foot of trail represents 37,000 years. The trail may be started from either end, going backward or forward in time.


The Clarno Unit is located 20 miles west of the town of Fossil. along Highway 218. There is no visitor center at this unit.