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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

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Address: John Day, OR
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Nice to see but a lot of driving to go between the 3 different units and the whole area is isolated. It would be a good camping or RV trip as there is essentially no overnight... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2016
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

Nice to see but a lot of driving to go between the 3 different units and the whole area is isolated. It would be a good camping or RV trip as there is essentially no overnight lodging. Best to go in spring or fall when it's not as hot as summer. We were there the last week of September and... More 

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Orange, California
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Reviewed 4 November 2016

Loved this area. Beautiful even in the rain. A very unique area to visit. We ooohed and aaawwed, took lots of pictures. It is about 60 miles west of John Day but was worth the trip even though we were to travel east that day. Highway 26 in Oregon is full of beauty and a nice road to travel on.

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3 Thank Sunny M
Whidbey Island, Washington
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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

This is one of the most amazing attractions we have ever visited, and to think it's right here in the Pacific Northwest! The monument consists of three sections, Painted Hills, Clarno, and Sheep Rock. The Painted Hills Unit is an area with beautiful red, gold and white hills, some striped. There is easy access for cars and an easy trail... More 

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3 Thank Worrygrandma
Corning, California
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

There are 3 separate units for John Day Fossil Beds. We went to the Painted Hills Unit and Sheep Rock Unit. The Painted Hills are amazing....the colors beautiful. The Condon Paleantology museum in the Sheep Rock Unit is absolutely mind boggling. So much information and the displays are phenomenal. You won't be disappointed.

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Sherwood, Oregon
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

Beautiful. Make sure you go down to the trail heads to get up close with the painted hills. Sunny days are best.

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Longview, Washington
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is a must visit site. We visited the painted hills site in Sept 2016 it is truly breathtakingly gorgeous, They have about 4-5 different trails you can hike plus loads of differing areas for taking pictures

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Rockaway Beach, Oregon
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

The visitor center has a good museum. Lots of hiking trails. Its too bad people cant stay on the trails, especially on the painted hills. Kinda ruins the effect.

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Murrieta, California
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

We stopped at the Mascall Formation Overlook briefly on the way to John Day. From this vantage point above Highway 26, you see the John Day valley, Strawberry Mountain Range, Picture Gorge and the Mascall formations. Wish we would have had more time to actually explore more of the Monument.

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Nevada City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

We traveled through the Painted Hills section of the John Day National Monument and it was outstanding. The colorful hills were beautiful with the reds, golden and white colors to name a few. It was not as extensive as I anticipated but I am certainly glad that we took the time to visit it. A trip well worth the distance... More 

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Portland, United States
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

I think the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is one of the most interesting places in Oregon to visit. When planning your visit, however, it's important to keep in mind that this place has 3 "units" (Sheep Rock Unit, Painted Hills Unit, and Clarno Unit) and that these units are separated from each other by quite a few miles.... More 

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