John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is a gem of ancient history located northeast of Bend, Oregon. It is notorious for the colorful rock formations that tell the stories of past ecosystems and changing climates in Oregon. The area consists of three different units in the high desert designed to let you explore the prehistoric past. While you are enjoying the stunning view, you might just learn a little about history and science.

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Things To Do Near John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

This beautiful park covers over 14,000 acres of epic scenery that offers great hiking opportunities and lots to explore. The best way to get the most out of your trip is to travel by RV. You will have a place to rest during the heat of the day and never have to worry about getting a reservation for a place to spend the night. This park has three different units connected by winding roads, with hiking trails, wildlife, and areas to explore in each area. 

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How To Get To John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Starting from Bend, Oregon, take US Highway 97 and travel north to Redmond. Just south of Redmond, turn right onto SW Veterans Way. Then turn left on SE Veterans Way. Turn right onto OR-126 E and follow that highway into Prineville. Merge onto OR-26 E/NW 3rd Street. Follow Highway OR-26 East for about 77 miles to reach John Day Fossil Beds.


32651 OR-19, Kimberly, OR 97848

Fee: Entry fee $0

Visiting John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is an adventure akin to visiting the Old West. You will be venturing into a rural corner of Oregon into the high desert. There are not a lot of populated areas out there, just a few small towns, but traveling by RV means you will have everything you need right with you, so you are free to explore. You will find a host of stunning views in the layers of rock formations and the colors they bring out. The stunning views, fascinating history found in the fossils, and down-home culture make this area worth the trip.