Welcome to the City of Fossil

Take a journey through time to the City of Fossil, Oregon. Our community is located in a picturesque valley of the rolling foothills of the John Day Basin, just three hours drive from the Portland metropolitan area and two hours from Bend.

The City of Fossil, Oregon is located midway along the 217-mile Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, 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.

With the establishment of the nearby world-famous John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Fossil is a center for tourist exploration of the entire John Day 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.