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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument- Sheep Rock

32651 Hwy 19, Fossil, OR 97848-6228
+1 541-987-2333
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The dinosaurs are long extinct, and the world continues to evolve

My wife and I had the good fortune to visit all three of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
Dave R
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Burbank, Washington
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We went during hot summer day. I know right... We drove 4.5 hrs from Corvallis to Clarno Unit and... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
Bal K
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32651 Hwy 19, Fossil, OR 97848-6228
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

My wife and I had the good fortune to visit all three of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument sites; Sheep Rock, Painted Hills, and Clarno. Each site is quite different from the other and each one presents a unique view of the world's...More

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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

We went during hot summer day. I know right... We drove 4.5 hrs from Corvallis to Clarno Unit and hiked the Trail of the Fossils and Geologic Time Trail. The Palisades itself was amazing. They have several informative stops along the trails. Aside Palisades, the...More

1  Thank Bal K
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Reviewed 29 April 2017

We finally got to the Sheep Rock Unit. We visited the Clarno Unit and the Painted Desert Unit in April 2016. This unit, the Sheep Rock Unit, has a visitor center, modern rest rooms, and trails. One feature is someone examining fossils dug up on...More

1  Thank F4981JCmichaels
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Reviewed 15 July 2016

If you’re reading this review, I can only assume you have visited the Painted Hills. If you haven’t then you should put the Painted Hills on your list of attractions to visit. After our visit to the Painted Hills, we drove about 44 miles (71...More

6  Thank Bottomshelfhockey
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Reviewed 21 June 2016

The picture listed is actually of the general store and gas station in Fossil. The store is actually very well stocked and the people are very friendly and willing to help you with what ever you need. The town is comprised of about 150 people...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

The John Day National Park is absolutely amazing. It is not as publicised as some others but it is right up there with the giant sequoias and Bryce Canyon. The interpretative centre is really well done. The Painted Hills, Blue Basin, Clarno Palisades, all are...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2016

Visitor center museum was interesting, but to really experience the place you should visit all three units and spend time out of the car hiking the short trails. For seeing fossils in situ, visit the Palisades at the Clarno unit. The Painted Hills are beautiful....More

Thank Jay L
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

There are three sections to this national monument: The Clarno Unit, (a former state park,) the Painted Hills Unit, and the Sheep Rock Unit. We visited the first two. The Sheep Rock Unit is the one with a visitors center. The Clarno Unit has a...More

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