Active Science & Spectacular Scenery

Colorful rock formations at John Day Fossil Beds preserve a world class record of plant and animal evolution, changing climate, and past ecosystems that span over 40 million years. Exhibits and a working lab at the Thomas Condon Visitor Center, as well as scenic drives and hikes at all three units, allow visitors to explore the prehistoric past of Oregon and see science in action.

A large variety of fossils await you right here on our website!
Fossils of the John Day Region

Discover what has been unearthed and how Oregon has changed, right from where you already are.

A blue-green geologic formation.
Tips for Visiting John Day Fossil Beds

Plan your visit like a Park Ranger!

A rock wall outside of a visitor center with metal letters, "Thomas Condon Paleontology Center".
Basic Information

Find out when the visitor center is open, typical weather to expect, and other helpful information to plan your visit.

A gravel path between a Juniper tree and sagebrush leading to green claystone rock formations.

View hiking trail information in all three units.

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Download the NPS App

Download the NPS App ahead of time and save John Day Fossil Beds for offline use, since cell service is not reliable in the Monument.

Last updated: January 5, 2023

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32651 Highway 19
Kimberly, OR 97848


541 987-2333

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