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Best trails in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

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Looking for a great trail in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument ranging from 0.6 to 1.2 miles and from 1,906 to 2,404 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Active Science & Spectacular Scenery Colorful rock formations at John Day Fossil Beds preserve a world class record of plant and animal evolution, changing climate, and past ecosystems that span over 40 million years. Exhibits and a working lab at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center as well as scenic drives and hikes at all three units allow visitors to explore the prehistoric past of Oregon and see science in action. Thomas Condon Paleontology Center (Sheep Rock unit) Daily hours: Through May 22, 2014: 10am - 5pm Friday, May 23rd - Saturday August 16: 9am - 5pm August 17, 2014 to May, 2015: 10am - 5pm There are no anticipated closure dates for the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center through the winter season other than Federal holidays from Veteran's Day in November through Presidents Day in February, and December 24th and 31st. Cant Ranch House (Sheep Rock unit) Winter/Spring hours are 9am - 4pm, Monday - Thursday. It is open some Fridays when staff is available. It is closed on weekends. The Cant House may have to close without notice if there are not enough staff available. It will be closed on Federal Holidays from Veteran's Day in November through Presidents Day in February, as well as December 24th and 31st. Summer hours remain 9am - 4pm Monday - Thursday and open most Fridays. The Cant House museum is also anticipated to be open 10am - 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays Memorial Day weekend - August 15, 2014.

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Top trails (8)
#1 - Painted Hills Overlook
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 18 m
Painted Hills Overlook is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mitchell, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarilShow more
#2 - Blue Basin Overlook Trail
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
Note: Users have reported that part of the trail is on private property. Please be respectful of landowners and stay on the trail.Show more
#3 - Painted Cove Trail
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 9 m
Painted Cove Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mitchell, Oregon that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walkiShow more
#4 - Island in Time (John Day Fossil Beds - Sheep Rock Unit)
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 39 m
A real sense of time.... Some described this trail as 1/2 hr. for 1.4 m out and back. If you want to stop and read signs and simply stare at those cliffs, take at least 45.Show more
#5 - Carroll Rim Trail
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 54 m
Carroll Rim Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mitchell, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and natShow more
#6 - Red Star Knoll Trail
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 14 m
Red Star Knoll Trail is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mitchell, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily Show more
#7 - Leaf Hill Trail
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m
Leaf Hill Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mitchell, Oregon that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking,Show more
#8 - Little Rattlesnake Creek
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
Little Rattlesnake Creek is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Dayville, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking andShow more