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The Painted Hills give their name to one of three units of the park.

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

John Day Fossil Beds is a somewhat unique park in that it is made up of three small, separate units: the Sheep Rock, Painted Hills and Clarno units.

The Painted Hills unit is known for its spectacularly-colored, striped hills. The Clarno unit is a place where you can hike the quarter-mile "Trail of Fossils" and see fossils still in place in the rocks containing them or the "Geologic Time Trail" and get a feel for the amount of time that has passed since the formation of the earth, allowing the process of evolution to take place.

The Sheep Rock unit is the largest of the three and is where the main visitor center is located. The visitor center is also the home of the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center with displays of fossils found in the park.

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Trip Menu
  1. Greater Yellowstone
  2. Southeast
  3. Northeast
  4. Four Corners
  5. Northwest
    1. Agate Fossil Beds
    2. Fossil Butte
    3. Hagerman Fossil Beds
    4. John Day Fossil Beds
    5. Oregon Beer Festival
    6. Olympic National Park
    7. Mt. St. Helens
    8. Crater Lake
    9. Redwood National and State Parks
  6. Heartland
  7. California
  8. Great Lakes
  9. Southwest
  10. Mid-Atlantic
  11. Alaska
  12. Hawaii
Central Oregon

John Day Map


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