The Painted Hills of the John Day Fossil Beds Make Up the Dramatic Landscapes of This Fridge Magnet
This acrylic souvenir fridge magnet is from the western American state of Oregon and show a landscape from the protected lands of the John Day Fossil Bed National Monument. This dry and rugged region has large numbers of rock layers exposed from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods - the era of dinosaurs - and has attracted paleontologists since the 1860s. Visitors who seek to learn more about these incredible discoveries can visit the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, named for the early discoverer of the fossil beds, at the park's James Cant Ranch Historic District. The Historic District also includes a reconstructed early-20th century livestock ranch where tourists can experience this often-overlooked period of Western American history. The Cant family, the builders of the ranch, served as guides and assistants to Thomas Condon's early explorations of the region.
Other Areas of the John Day Fossil Bed National Monument
The James Cant Ranch is the most popular part of the John Day Fossil Bed National Monument because of its easy access and interesting history (both in the form of ancient fossils and much more recent western ranchers). It is located in the Sheep Rock area of the park, near a rocky outcropping of that name. However, the Monument has two other sections: the Painted Hills and Clarno. These regions are more isolated and less frequented. However, as this magnet's image (which is from Painted Hills) shows, the landscapes are often dramatically beautiful. This area of the park is more popular for the the adventurous: back country backpackers and mountain bikers. They enjoy trekking out to areas like the Palisade Rocks, Picture Gorge (with its Native American pictographs) and its fragile high plateau plants and animals.