The city of Fossil, Oregon (pop. 470) is situated in a picturesque valley in the rolling foothills of the John Day Basin, just three hours from the Portland metropolitan area and two hours from Bend, Oregon.
The community is located midway along the 217-mile Journey Through Time – Oregon’s only official cultural and heritage tour route – which celebrates pristine fossil and geologic resources, Old West culture and charming small towns. Rich with centuries of history, this scenic byway tells stories of fortunes made and lost, of Chinese laborers, of towns boomed and busted, of timber, agriculture, gold miners and pioneer settlers.
Experience up close and personal a special story of the earth’s history; of sea beds which have long been dry and of extinct creatures. As part of the John Day River Territory you are guaranteed some of the world’s most unique natural, scenic and recreational experiences around, including:
• Whitewater Rafting
• Hunting and Fishing
• Fossil Hunting
• Star Gazing
• Horseback Riding
• Biking, Motorcycling and Hiking
• Gold Panning
• Nature Photography and Birding
With the establishment of The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument within 20 miles of her city limits, Fossil is a center for tourist exploration of the entire John Day Basin and River Territory. Welcoming and inviting, the community features small town charm, nearly nonexistent crime and quality services – a great place to bring a family and business. We look forward to seeing you soon.