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The John Day Basin is full of great places to pitch your tent or park your trailer. Click here for more information about site locations and pricing for our local, state and federal camping site.


Click here to learn about the many accommodations the John day Basin has to offer.  From the historic Condon Hotel to beautiful bed and breakfast locations throughout the region, let us help you find a place to stay while you travel through the region.




Recently, there was an electric vehicle charging station added to Fossil, Oregon. It is located on the corner of Broadway and Main.

Oregon Paleo Lands  
Institute Center

2024 Summer Hours

Thursday - Sunday 


*we will be closed

one hour for lunch

Want to Volunteer?

The Paleo Lands Center invites you, to meet the public and school groups at our educational hub of the John Day Basin. Volunteers can serve as Board Members, Advisors, Center helpers and docents and help share exciting natural history exhibits, brochures, and books with visitors and schools.
Please Contact the Center at

541-763-4480 or for details


Road and Weather Conditions


*Please call or email if you would like to schedule your school group for a visit during the week. Thank you!


Contact Information

333 West Fourth Street

Post Office Box 104

Fossil, OR 97830
Phone: (541) 763-4480




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