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You’ll find the colorful John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Central Oregon near the City of John Day. The evolution of the area’s plants and animals has been recorded for more than 40 million years.
The 13,944-acre park is divided into three units: Clarno Unit, Painted Hills and Sheep Rock Unit. The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center is located in Sheep Rock – their displays include the Turtle Cove Formation Exhibit which showcases 29-million-year-old fossils.
Hikers love the trails that wind through the multi-hued Painted Hills. The trails of Clarno, including the Geologic Time Trail and Trail of Fossils, are also popular. In the spring, there are sections of the Monument that transform into ideal river rafting locales.