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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 12h
It's ! The near-continuous ash deposits at JODA make entombed fossils easily dateable (each resistant tuff bed in Sheep Rock can be precisely dated). So when you or the hit, come find out what makes us so special! #FindYourPark#NationalParkWeek
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 21
To those who celebrate it, ! This is Archaeolagus ennisianus, also known as "The Ancestral Easter Bunny". Come experience this 30 million-year-old specimen on display at the Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center.
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 17
Mother’s Day Hikes at Painted Hills on May 12, 2019. 7–9 am, a hike for wildflower photography enthusiasts; expect frequent stops. 10–noon, enjoy a guided wildflower hike and explore Oregon’s past. For reservations: (541) 987-2333 or e-mail: joda_interpretation@nps.gov.
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 14
Can you guess what this plant is? It will soon put on an incredible show at the Painted Hills! Hint: it is not the John Day chaenactis or Golden Cleome. The green leaves will disappear before it blooms and the flowers are not even yellow.
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 13
Happy ! Though not a true cat, this specimen of Nimravus sp. was collected at John Day Fossil Beds in 1986. It was discovered with the skill and portions of limb bones intact and is now on display at the Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center!
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 12
The Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center has resumed normal operations and is open daily, 10 am - 5 pm. Hwy 19 to Hwy 26 through Picture Gorge is open with one-lane and a pilot car. Check road conditions at
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 11
The Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center is open today with regular hours of 10 am - 5 pm. The road from Hwy 19 to Hwy 26 through Picture Gorge is still closed. Check road conditions and closures at
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 11
Replying to @JDFossilBedsNPS
Highway 218 is open again, however, there's still water on the road.
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 10
Hwy 19 between Kimberly and Spray has been reopened as has Hwy 402 between Kimberly and Monument. Be careful as waters recede, there may be road damage or debris on the road. Keep checking for updates on road conditions and closures.
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 10
Road conditions in the Sheep Rock Unit are still hazardous. The Thomas Condon Visitor Center will remain closed today, Wedensday April 10th. Check road conditions and closures at
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 9
Hwy 218 at the Clarno Bridge is now closed, blocking traffic to the Clarno Unit from the west. Please check for up to date road conditions
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 9
Flooding near our maintenance yard in the Sheep Rock Unit. This is one of our historic fields.
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 9
Replying to @JDFossilBedsNPS
Current road closures around Sheep Rock
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 9
Replying to @JDFossilBedsNPS
Highway 19, just north of Kimberly is also closed. There are no open routes into the Sheep Rock Unit 😖
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 9
Road Closure! has closed Highway 26 from Hwy 19 through Picture Gorge. There are closures and other hazards to the north and east of Sheep Rock. Check for road conditions.
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 9
The Thomas Condon Visitor Center is closed today and possibly tomorrow due to flooding. Water is on the road in several place around the Sheep Rock Unit. Only 1 inch of water can pick up a car so if there's water on the road, ! Check
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 7
and connect to a public access Wi-Fi hotspot at the Painted Hills picnic area! Thank you to our Cooperating Association - Discover Your Northwest for providing funds to make this happen.
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 5
It's at the fossil beds this ! Even our fossil walnuts have flowers.
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 3
Soft clay at the Painted Hills captures water - today highlighting footprints left behind. ! Stay on the trails. Tell friends and family.
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John Day Fossil Beds Apr 1
Remember March? In with ice and snow? Who would guess April 1st would bring a carpet of white wildflowers – hundreds of Prairie stars, Lithophragma bulbifera, to replace all of the snow along trails in the Sheep Rock Unit.
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