Cathedral Rock

State/Province/Region
Oregon
Nearest Area
Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds N.M.
Town
Dayville
Brief Directions

Driving from Mitchell East, you will reach the turnoff along Hwy. 26 for the Sheep Rock Unit.

Notes

If you stay in Mitchell and wish to capture Cathedral Rock at sunrise, be sure to leave and hour and a half early to be setup at the location.

Description

Cathedral Rock is located within the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds N.M. this Unit is the Headquarters for all three Units, the Clarno, Painted Hills, and the Sheep Rock. At this Unit you have the beautiful Thomas condon Paleontology Museum that showcases the remains of both plant and animal life that once flourished in these areas. Also, this area was once the edge of the Western Sea, as one can witness as you walk across the seafloor along the trail below Goose rock. Ask the rangers at the Museum, they will take you on a tour free if they are not booked. the Blue Basin trails are spectacular, especially the lower trail as it was near here the first tortoiseshells were discovered that led to the beginning of this region as being the John Day fossil Beds National Monument.

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March 4, 2017