John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Explore a spectacular area in north central Oregon where ancient geological formations, extensive paleontological discoveries, dramatic colorful landscapes, wildlife and plant diversity converge.

Participate in exploratory survey hikes with naturalist and photo opportunities at all three units of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in north central Oregon. Enjoy spring wildflowers, geology, paleontology, a few reptiles and other fauna on hikes at Painted Hills, Blue Basin and Clarno. Visit paleontology exhibits at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center and sites at all three units.

Trail guides and info: Hiking Oregon Geology, 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • BLM Prineville District: Lower Deschutes and John Day Rivers
  • Red Marker
    44.555623, -119.644832
    44.5556229 -119.6448321

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Photography Trip
Segment 4 of a multi-day photography road trip.
Difficulty: Moderate
Thu, Jun 28, 2018 - Fri, Jun 29, 2018
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes Jun 22
Seattle Branch
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