KIMBERLY - Anyone who would like to learn more about the geology of the Sheep Rock and Painted Hills units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument will have an opportunity in August. Two free auto tours are planned along the back roads to study the geology and fossil history of the area.

The Sheep Rock Unit road trip will begin 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the visitor center located nine miles west of Dayville.

Those who would like to join the first-ever Painted Hills Unit auto tour are invited to meet 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Painted Hills Unit picnic area, 10 miles west of Mitchell.

No reservations are needed. For more information, call (541) 987-2333.

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