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John Day River Info


Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the wide sweeping John Day River, where geological wonders and stunning scenery await at every turn. While the towns in this area are spaced out, the well-laid Scenic Byways ensure an effortless journey through this captivating Central Oregon region.


Steeped in pioneer history, this historic region boasts an array of unique attractions, including the renowned John Day Fossil Beds and the enchanting Painted Hills. Explore ancient landscapes and delve into the rich heritage of the area as you embark on an unforgettable adventure along the John Day River.



Discover the unique attractions of the John Day region, offering insights into its natural beauty and geological wonders:

  • Journey Through Time Scenic Byway: Take a leisurely drive along the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, where you can appreciate the area’s scenic landscapes and geological formations at your own pace.
  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument: Explore the intriguing exhibits and stunning landscapes of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, providing a glimpse into the region’s ancient past and geological history.



While in short supply, there are lodging options near our meeting locations in Service Creek, OR, and Clarno, OR. For a convenient accommodation, consider the following:

  • Hotel Condon: Enjoy a comfortable stay at Hotel Condon, nestled in the heart of Condon, offering modern amenities and easy access to our meeting points.

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the John Day region by camping at one of the many scenic campgrounds. Find your perfect camping spot at:

If you’re unable to secure accommodations near our meeting points, consider exploring nearby towns such as The Dalles, Biggs Junction, Madras, and Condon. These towns offer additional lodging options and are within a convenient distance from Service Creek and Clarno.


Explore local dining options amidst the tranquil landscapes of the John Day region. While choices may be limited, you can still enjoy simple yet satisfying meals at the following establishments:

  • Clock Tower Ales: Experience casual dining at Clock Tower Ales, located in The Dalles or Madras, offering a modest selection of dishes and beverages in a relaxed setting.
  • The Royal Stag: Enjoy a quaint dining experience at The Royal Stag, situated in Condon or Fossil, serving homestyle meals made from locally sourced ingredients.


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