Gold rush fever hit Oregon in the 1860s, and Canyon City, just south of John Day, felt the heat. The remaining riches of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, the Malheur National Forest and the John Day River lure campers, hikers, fishers and cross-country skiers. Check out a treasure trove of natural history at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center and the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
an Oregon StoryRoad Trip: John Day Fossil Beds Country
The first time I saw the Painted Hills in Eastern Oregon, I was in a hurry. My group had stopped at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, which acts as the interpretive center for the hills and the rest of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument…Continue reading this story…