Looking for a great trail in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon? AllTrails has 7 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 1,912 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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muddy
no shade
private property
17 days ago

scenic driving
1 month ago

Amazing hike! I would agree with going right at the trailhead. See all the beauty first then just enjoy the rest of the hike. Amazing views. Pack layers this time of year. Must do the whole loop, you wont regret it!

This is one of five beautiful little trails that can be explored in the Painted Hills. Short and sweet as it is, this one is actually the second longest trail, after Carroll Rim Trail. It also offers some of the prettiest views of the colorful hills. Kid-friendly, easy jaunt.

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2 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful of the short little touristy trails at the painted hills. There is a "wooden" walk that goes around the majority of this short loop, and there are lots of interesting signs with interesting information. The colors are absolutely amazing and beautiful. The whole area is pretty kid-friendly and dog-friendly. But it's important to stay on the trail to protect the natural beauty.

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2 months ago

The painted hills are beautiful. This short trail offers some decent views and a chance to see some fossils. It's a very short, kid-friendly loop. Best to bring sunscreen if planning to explore all of the other trails..everything is pretty exposed.

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2 months ago

The painted hills are a sight to see, and this is a cool little trail. It's a super short and easy hike with some pretty views. Kid friendly, easy to locate.

Great trail. expansive views throughout the entire hike. beautiful colors and interesting geological formations. not hard but not too easy. just right.

Lovely morning hike. Did it counter clockwise, happy we did.

Fascinating place! Very easy walking thanks to the bridges.

stunning! This hike is great, steep uphill, but is made worth it for the views.

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4 months ago

Nice trail, overlooking the painted hills, other trails which go closer are nicer though imho

Lots of great views at the top, make sure to bring a hat.

Easy walk but go early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the scorching sun.

Beautiful view.

Beautiful area and love the painted hills! Can’t wait to go back.

We were going for the longer loop but the 103 degrees caused us to hike this trail and glad we did. When you get to the island after a short uphill hike the view and geology is amazing.

It’s pretty exposed, bring water. I went right. Did the short trail and back out to the turn and around. I recommend going this way because the view seems to be in front of you. The greenish color was pretty obvious in the morning sun, but looks kinda brown in my pictures. It’s steep but reasonable distance.

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6 months ago

This is a very gentle trail with some close views of the hills. The flowers were in bloom and it was beautiful at sunrise. If you’re hiking the area start here for a nice easy warm up

hiking
6 months ago

Good view of the hills but there was a lot of people

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bugs
6 months ago

The colors here were amazing! Yes, it’s a super short hike, but I don’t think that is a drawback. Love the interpretive signage, and being able to see the texture of the otherworldly hills up close! Please stay on the path, and keep your dogs on the path too. There were so many footprints off the trail, and those damage the area for a long time. And LOTS of mosquitoes in early June!

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no shade
6 months ago

Probably the best on-trail views of the Painted Hills as a whole area. Love the benches, and the different perspectives that the trail offers!

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bugs
6 months ago

I know many people who think this area doesn’t live up to the hype, but if you’re a geology and a photography nerd like I am, I think you will be very pleased with the Painted Hills! This trail, though short, has some really cool photography opportunities and when the sun lights up the big red hill, it’s incredible! Really big heavy the last time I did it though, bring your bug spray and keep your car doors shut. We had probably around 200 mosquitoes trying to get through the car’s rear windshield in early June!

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no shade
6 months ago

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no shade
6 months ago

Planet like-very cool!

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6 months ago

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6 months ago

love it

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