John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Mitchell Reviews
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Mar 10, 2013
John Day Fossil Beds consists of three distinct units:
1) Sheep Rock - This unit has 2 main areas of interest: The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center which is basically a museum of the fossils found in the monument, and a variety of trails. We went on the Island in Time trail which was a short one mile hike with fossils under plastic to protect them.
2) Painted Hills - This unit features trail around some hills that look literally like they have been painted in yellow, black and red. They are very picturesque and worth the visit.
3) Clarno - This unit features palisades with a couple of trails winding through them. We did all three trails: the Geologic Time Trail, the Trail of the Fossils and the Clarno Arch Trail (all 1/4 mile trails).
This is a great park to spend a day or two learning about the geology and ancient life of Eastern Oregon.
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