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More hours to view ancient past at John Day Fossil Beds

Expanded hours offer visitors a chance to get to know one of the "seven wonders of Oregon."

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on May 1, 2014 10:02AM

Last changed on May 6, 2014 3:23PM


KIMBERLY – Residents and visitors have more opportunity to enjoy the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center and other features of the John Day Fossil Beds, with hours expanding through the tourist season.

“John Day Fossil Beds preserves world class plant and animal fossils from Oregon’s ancient past and allows visitors to observe the science of paleontology in action,” said Shelley Hall, superintendent of the national monument. “We are excited to welcome visitors to our expanded summer services.”

The Condon Center is open seven days a week through October, including holidays.

Spring hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May 22, then expanding to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Hours return to 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 2.

The center, in the Sheep Rock Unit of the national monument, also will offer ranger talks from mid-June through Labor Day. Talks will be available at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Additional special events are planned throughout the summer. Visitors should check the monument’s website at www.nps.gov/joda for schedules.

Meanwhile, the Cant Ranch House is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and most Fridays. Starting Memorial Day weekend, the Cant House museum will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. most weekends through Labor Day.

Monument staff also are gearing up for more tourist traffic at the Painted Hills Unit, which has been highlighted by Travel Oregon as one of the seven wonders of Oregon. The visitor contact station there will be staffed on Fridays and Saturdays during core hours this summer.

The Clarno Unit, including the spectacular palisades formation, has trails and picnic facilities open seven days a week.

For more information, bisit www.nps.gov.



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