Visitor services expanded at John Day Fossil Beds

The Cant Ranch at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. Hours at the center will return to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 4. The park, located in the Sheep Rock Unit of John Day Fossil Beds, is open daily from sunrise until sunset.

“We anticipate another exciting, busy summer season and are happy to offer a diverse range of programs,” Superintendent Patrick Gamman said. “Come out for a day trip and check out the amazing fossils on display, incredible scenery and much more!”

The Cant Ranch House will be open Saturdays and Sundays, June 10 through Aug. 18, noon until 3 p.m. During these weekends, ranger-led tours of the ranch grounds will occur at 3 p.m. Ranger programs will also be offered at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center with daily 11:30 a.m. ranger talks. Fridays through Sundays, join a park ranger on a 10 a.m. hike at Blue Basin in the Sheep Rock Unit of the park and attend a gallery tour in the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center at 1:30 p.m.

The Painted Hills Unit, with its colorful hills interspersed with layers of red and gold, offers a shady, green picnic area, benches and trails. During weekends from June 16 through Aug. 18, join a ranger talk at 2 p.m. on the Painted Hills Overlook trail at the trailhead. The Clarno Unit, including the spectacular palisades formation, has trails and picnic facilities.

In addition to the open house to meet the superintendent at the Cant Ranch on June 9 from noon until 3 p.m., stay late and enjoy the incredible night skies of Eastern Oregon. There will be a star program at 8:30 p.m. in the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center.

Additional special events are planned throughout the summer. Visit nps.gov/joda for current schedules.

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