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Road Trips: Oregon's Journey Through Time Scenic Byway

Oregon's Journey Through Time Scenic Byway is one of Eastern Oregon's most beautiful road trips. The Journey Through Time Scenic Byway stretches 286 miles through Northcentral to Eastern Oregon. Beginning in the community of Biggs and ending in Baker City, this Byway meanders through ghost towns and small farming communities that bring the Old West to life. The "Wild and Scenic" John Day River - North America's second longest undammed river - parallels much of the route, offering excellent rafting, fishing and camping. Geology buffs - and anyone who's curious about fossil - will take great pleasure in the interpretive trails at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. A new scenic loop added in 2013 allows you to circle through to visit the town of Mitchell, Oregon with the nearby Painted Hills Unit of the John Day National Monument as well as historic commemorations of more recent times, such as the Sherman County Museum in Moro and the Kam Wah Chung Museum in John Day.

Download Journey Through Time Scenic Byway Brochure (Oregon Dept. of Transportation)


Travel Oregon: Journey Through Time Scenic Byway

Oregon Paleo Lands  
Institute Center

We are currently closed for the season. 

Upcoming Events

May 11, 2024 - Community Listening Session and Annual Spring Cleaning 


Opening Day for 2024 Season - TBA.

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


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*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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