Welcome to the City of Fossil

The City of Fossil is located in a picturesque valley of the John Day Basin, just three hours drive from Portland and two hours from Bend.

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.

Finally, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us. We’re happy to answer your questions about living, working and playing in Fossil (and anything else you’d like to know about our community too). We look forward to seeing you soon.