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Trips for Familes, Groups and Individuals 

Imagine seeing fossils of plants and animals that lived millions of years ago, exploring canyons where people have been camping for thousands of years, or hiking into a remote meadow filled with wildflowers.


Imagine your dream day trip through the multi-colored landscapes of the John Day Fossil Beds.


The Oregon Paleo Lands Center & Gallery can help make it happen. Our volunteers are willing to answer your questions or refer you to someone who can.


Trip Planning

Whether you want to explore Wheeler County ghost towns and scenic byways by car, photograph wildflowers, float the John Day, collect rocks, cycle our backroads, fish, or explore a wilderness area afoot, we’ll be happy to help you plan your adventure, choose destinations and places to stay, and find interesting routes to get there. 

Please contact us at least a week in advance of your trip so we can help you plan a great adventure. Call us at (541) 763-4480 or email us at

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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