Saturday, September 09, 2006

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

After breakfast, we headed west on US-26, taking a short detour north on SR-19 to visit the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Visitor's Center.

The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is broken up into three units: Sheep Rock Unit where the Visitor's Center is located, Painted Hills Unit north of Mitchell on Bridge Creek Road, Clarno Unit southwest of Fossil on SR-218. The national monument contains the richest cache of fossils in the world and an almost continuous record that spans 45 million years.

Inside the Visitor's Center is a museum that contains exhibits, text panels, and murals that help us comprehend the detailed series of rock strata in which the fossils are found.

After our visit, we continued west on US-26 stopping at the Elks Lodge in Prineville to spend the night.

Miles driven: 115.8
GPS coordinates: not taken

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