We visited the John Day Fossil Beds and the Cant Ranch both operated by the National Park Service. The Fossil Beds Visitor Center is brand new and the museum isn't open yet, there are just a few displays setup, but they are very interesting. This is a working research center with windows into their lab. The Cant Ranch is the Park headquarters offices and has a little museum about the people who lived in the area. Most of the day was driving toward Bend. We stopped for the night at La Pine SP about 30 miles South of Bend off Hwy 97. This park is beside the Deschutes River in the forest.
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John Day Fossils