Centrally located to all three units of the world-renowned John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Fossil is a gateway for tourist exploration of the entire John Day River Territory. Our community is located along the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, which boasts pristine fossil and geologic resources, Old West culture, charming small towns, and awe-inspiring natural beauty.

Welcoming and inviting, Fossil features small town charm, nearly nonexistent crime and quality services. We are constantly working to improve the livability of our community — strengthening our schools, investing in infrastructure, and supporting new and existing businesses. To catch up on the latest happenings, visit our Agendas & Minutes page. Entrepreneurs and business owners should also visit our Doing Business Here page for more information on local resources available for businesses looking to start or expand their operations in Fossil.


Just 3.5 miles east of the Painted Hills National Monument, Mitchell is the ideal “home base” to discover the Oregon you’ve never heard about, but you’ll never forget. Breathtaking landscapes, wildly diverse geology, and stunning vistas dotted with old towns and ranches are all part of Oregon’s extraordinary and ruggedly beautiful interior.

Book a stay at one of several local lodging options, head to a cafe or pub and plan your explorations. Gas up at the station, stock up at the store and head out! There’s lots to see, and Mitchell is at the heart of it all.


Spray, Oregon, the home of the best small town rodeo in the West! We know you will love your visit here and have the time of your life no matter what time of year it is.

Start off by camping at one of the many campgrounds. If you are not the camping type, you might prefer to stay in an RV or at the local Riverbend motel. From there head out and take part in the many fun and enjoyable activities such as fishing, hiking, rafting, golfing, visiting the Spray Museum, or enjoying one of the many events that happen throughout the year.

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