John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Our escape to Bend, Oregon for a couple of days “away from it all” found us on a (rather long) day trip to John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in the high desert region northeast of the city.  Although the drive was beautiful, it seemed endless as we wound our way along the two-lane highway.  I was beginning to fear my brilliant suggestion was a terrible mistake when Reg finally pulled in and parked the truck at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center.

Across the road, 3,360 foot Sheep Rock (above) provided a glimpse of the fascinating landscapes yet to come.

At the suggestion of the park ranger, we walked the 1.3 mile Island in Time Trail (pictured above) which took us along the floor of the Blue Basin Canyon.

Our next stop was the Painted Hills, a region so colorful and unique, we could hardly believe our eyes.  A gravel road led to several parking areas where short walks allowed us closer views of the topography.

All in all, it was a good day at John Day.  If you go, be sure to fill up your gas tank, pack a few snacks and get an early start.  You’ll be glad you did!

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6 thoughts on “John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

  1. Wow! what a change from the the lush landscape of coastal Oregon. Very beautiful, reminds me of some of the areas in Utah. Looks fairly deserted when you were there. Nice pictures. Joe


  2. Jackie Bachman

    Beautiful, peaceful country!

    Sent from my iPad



  3. Lori Oliver-Tierney

    You guys find the coolest places. Happy trails,

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  4. Lori Oliver-Tierney

    I want you to know how much I am enjoying your book. What a labor of love. So proud of you both. I know how much work went into it. My grandkids are here for 2 weeks because of smoke from fire so I don’t have much chance to read it, but I am sneaking in time because it is so good. Wait ’til you have grandkids. A whole new world and love will fill you up. Hold on for a wild ride. I will post a great review when I have finished. Happy trails, Lori


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