If you are ever in the north-central part of Oregon. the John Day Recreational Area is definitely a must see.
There are Three main areas and we were able to visit two of the areas the Sheep Rock Fossil Beds and the Painted Hills. We will have to see the Clarno Fossil Beds (shown on the map above the Painted Hills) on another trip although we heard great things about that area.
We started out day well rested having stayed the night in another historic town of Prairie City. We stayed in the Prairie City Hotel (built in 1910) snuggled in richly comfy beds.
|Prairie city Hotel - our room, was upstairs on the right hand corner|
We traveled through some mountains and ranch land so I was able to get some pictures of the local ranches and homesteads which I dearly love.
|What a beautiful scene with the cattle feeding along the stream....... This is the life.|
This old ranch house roof had collapsed inside of the building making nosing around impossible.
Notice the window panes still in some of the windows.
|This log barn looks like it might still be in use.|
|Dayville is the last little town before Sheep Rock|
Leaving the hills, trees and ranches behind we pick up the Oregon Scenic Byway.... Journey Through Time and wind through this canyon on our way to the Sheep Rock Interpretive Center of the John Day Fossil Beds.
|Tree Fossil at the Sheep Rock Fossil Center 40-45 million years old|
Paleontologists Seek answers.....one fossil at a time.
|Blue Basin Trail, 1mile trail, 600 ft climb - whew!|
|Island in time Trail 1 mile round trip|
|Replica of sea turtle fossil shown in place where it was found|
|Cathedral Rock is viewable from the road - a nice reprieve|
|Flood of Fire Trail 1/4 mile trail|
The Flood of fire is found in a series of nondescript hills (seen in the distance) shown only when erosion expose the layer upon layer of flooding molten rock.
|The Story in Stone Trail is an easy 1/4 mile trail showing differing erosion patterns and touch exhibits with replica fossils|
|I must remember to take time to eat..... a tailgate dinner by the river at the town of Spray|