John Day Fossil Beds Limited Reopening

March 19, 2020 By

Kimberly, Oregon – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is increasing facilities access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
Starting on Friday July 17, 2020 the Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center will reopen on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm., with an occupancy of up to ten visitors at a time inside the building. However, the fossil gallery, movie theater, and JR. Ranger room will not be open to the public at this time.
The following outside areas were reopened on May 14th, 2020

Clarno Unit: Trail of Fossils, Clarno Arch trail, Geologic Time trail, and all picnic areas.
Painted Hills Unit: Painted Hills Overlook trail, Carrol Rim trail, Painted Clove trail, Leaf Hill trail, Red Scar Knoll trail, and all picnic area.
Sheep Rock Unit: Island in Time trail, Blue Basin Overlook trail, Flood of Fire trail, Story in Stone trail, Cant Ranch trails, Mascall Overlook and all picnic areas.

With public health in mind, the following facility will remain temporarily closed:
• Painted Hills Contact station