John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Thomas Condon Paleontology Center Thomas Condon Paleontology Center houses the monument’s fossil collection.

Located at the Sheep Rock Unit are several hiking trails and wayside exhibits, two picnic areas, and two interpretive facilities: the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, and the Cant Ranch Historical Museum. The Paleontology Center features exhibits, interpretive programs, and audiovisual presentations on fossils, geology, and the processes of paleontology.

The historic Cant Ranch house now features Cant Ranch housean exhibit on cultural history of the John Day Valley.

The Cant Ranch Museum, located one-quarter mile away, serves as the monument headquarters and contains indoor and outdoor exhibits relating the history of human settlement on the ranch and regional area.

Plan Your Visit

In order to get the most out of your visit to the fossil beds we recommend allowing at least one hour for touring the new museum at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, located at the Sheep Rock Unit of the monument.Park Rangers are always available to answer questions, give interpretive programs and help visitors learn more about the monument’s resources.

Entrance to the park and park visitor centers is free of charge, but donations are always welcome

Ranger led museum tours and hikes into the fossil beds are regularly scheduled throughout the spring, summer and fall, but groups may also call ahead to make a reservation. 541-987-2333 ex 215

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