Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sagebrush at Sheep Rock, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Sagebrush adds color to and thrives in the arid landscape of Oregon's high desert. Sheep Rock seen in the background is a prominent feature of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Sheep Rock Unit.
Besides many hiking trails and beautiful, other-worldly terrain, you'll find the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center. Here you can learn about this area from the National Park Service employees or take a self-guided tour through the interpretive center. You can also look through a large window directly into a lab where scientists study this area's evolution.
Leave the freeways and main highways, take the backroads through oh-so-small towns to see this fascinating geology. The landscapes in this part of Oregon are vastly different and I think you'll be amazed.