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John Day Fossil Beds preserves and protects fossils as old as 50 million years and the James Cant Ranch Historic District. RT/follow/likes≠endorsement
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John Day Fossil Beds Jun 15
Today is Family Fun Day in John Day. Join Ranger Jessica at the City Park from the 11-3 to touch real fossils and make a button!
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John Day Fossil Beds Jun 11
June is ! Whether you're roaming trails at Clarno or admiring sunsets over Blue Basin, the John Day Fossil Beds have myriad opportunities to enjoy being outside. Visit for tips!
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John Day Fossil Beds Jun 5
This is one of many tortoise shells known from the John Day Formation. Despite their abundance (it is called Turtle Cove, after all), they have not been very well studied. New research will improve our understanding of reptiles from Oregon’s past.
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John Day Fossil Beds Jun 3
On , watch for sunning snakes. Though gopher snakes aren’t venomous, their bites are painful. Snakes often bask on rocks, roadways, and trails. Look closely and you can see the scales in these tracks!
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John Day Fossil Beds Jun 2
Claystone erodes into sculpted shapes along the Island in Time trail in Blue Basin. Early summer hiking will provide opportunity to enjoy silence and marvel at a landscape that holds fossil animals from forests of a time long ago. ! Stay on the trails.
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John Day Fossil Beds Jun 2
Our Instagram is up and running! The three units look significantly different depending on the weather. Come experience the John Day Fossil Beds in rain or shine (and follow us on Insta: )!
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John Day Fossil Beds May 29
- Early Tapir Plesiocolopirus hancocki, is from the Hancock Mammal Quarry at Clarno. Close relatives today are horses and rhinos. A "living fossil" browsing on leaves, fruit, and seeds in forest environments, tapirs have changed very little in 40 million years.
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John Day Fossil Beds May 27
Today we remember and thank those who serve our country and have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Please keep these brave men and women in your thoughts this Memorial Day.
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John Day Fossil Beds May 22
- a molar belonging to Zygolophodon, a mastodon species and the first proboscidean (the group that includes living elephants) to appear in North America. Zygolophodon, was a forest browser who lived in a wooded savannah-like environment, 15 million years ago.
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John Day Fossil Beds May 21
Rain showers with diffuse sunlight make perfect conditions for filming wildflowers at the Clarno Nutbeds and Painted Hills. Splashes of bright yellow are John Day Chaenactis and Golden Bee Cleome! Wednesday, ,
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John Day Fossil Beds May 7
golden bee plant, Peritoma platycarpa, thrives on the weathered clay soils at the Painted Hills. Peak bloom is expected over the next two weeks. We need your help to ! Stay on the trails while taking photos.
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John Day Fossil Beds May 5
Spring will soon paint the landscape yellow as John Day Chaenactis, Chaenactis douglasii, and Golden Bee Plant, Cleome platycarpa, start blooming. Hiking the Overlook trail at the Painted Hills is a great place to see this wildflower show.
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John Day Fossil Beds May 1
Debris flows swept down a volcano and preserved vines, leaves and trees in a jumble of rocks and muddy ash. Hike the Trail of Fossils at Clarno to find this fossil leaf rolled up and crunched against a small rock - perhaps documenting a event 44 million years ago.
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 30
Enjoy a classical piano concert in a rustic setting on June 28th at the Fossil Beds! Check out classical pianist Hunter Noack page ; get ticket information: and park news:
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 28
Did you know that John Day Fossil Beds is along Oregon's Scenic Bikeway? Whether you hike and cycle your way from Clarno to Painted Hills or make a loop along Sheep Rock, the Monument is an excellent way to get your in!
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 27
At the Fossil Beds, every day is Day! Bring your buddy by and hike one of our dog-friendly trails (just watch out for rattle snakes)! Where's your pup's preferred place to play?
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 26
People make the parks go round! At John Day Fossil Beds, we are amazed by the wonderful who help us. Youth ages of 15-18, apply to join the park's team as a member of YCC.
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 24
Sceloporus occidentalis longipes, a subspecies of Western Fence Lizards, is common throughout the Fossil Beds. This , visit the Painted Hills and see if you can spot this critter in its natural habitat!
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 23
The road to Sheep Rock (now HWY 19) wasn't finished connecting Kimberly to Dayville until the 1920's. Come visit the Historic Cant Ranch's "Go Devil," which carried the Cant family to town and back on that road.
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