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John Day Sheep Rock

The Sheep Rock Unit is located on Highway 19, between the towns of Kimberly and Dayville, Oregon. Prominant, non-fossil bearing rocks date back as far as 89 million years old. Fossils of plants and animals are found in a number of geological layers dating from 33-7 million years ago. The Sheep Rock Unit is the hub of monument operations, with both the headquarters of the monument and the main visitor center located near the namesake peak. The Sheep Rock unit contains an amalgam of colorful strata and complex geology. From Cretaceous conglomerates to the flood basalts, the geologic features in this portion of the monument are a spectacle to behold. The Sheep Rock unit is only a 40 - 50 minute drive from the Dreamers Lodges.

Painted Hills Oregon

One of the 7 Wonders of Oregon, colorful rock formations at John Day Fossil Beds preserve a world class record of plant and animal evolution, changing climate, and past ecosystems that span over 40 million years. Exhibits and a working lab at the Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center as well as scenic drives and hikes at all three units allow visitors to explore the prehistoric past of Oregon and see science in action. The Painted Hills Unit also contains a diverse assemblage of leaf fossils aging 39-30 million years old called the Bridge Creek Flora, and a small outcropping of rock containing animal fossils from 30-27 million years ago. The Painted Hills is only an 80 mile drive from the Dreamers Lodge.

Strawberry Mountain Wilderness

he Strawberry Mountain Wilderness is located east of John Day, Oregon, in the Malheur National Forest. The area includes approximately 68,700 acres and encompasses the headwaters of Pine, Indian, Strawberry, Canyon, Bear, Lake, Wall, Roberts, and Big Creek. The area is dominated by the Strawberry Mountain Range with the highest point being Strawberry Mountain. This area has extremely diverse ecological makeup. Five of the seven major life zones in North America can be found here. It also supports native population of Rocky Mountain Elk and other wildlife. The additions including the Canyon Creek Research Natural Area have improved both the quantity and the quality of the wilderness experience. The mountain range is only a 15 minute drive from the Dreamers Lodge.

John Day River

The John Day River is the longest undammed river in Oregon. Located in eastern Oregon, the section from Service Creek to Tumwater Falls flows through a number of colorful canyons broad valleys, and breathtaking terrain. This segment offers exceptional anadromous steelhead and warm-water bass fishing; calm water boating punctuated with a few rapids; and locations of archeological, historical and paleontological interest. The river is only a 5 minute walk from the Dreamers Lodge.

Kam Wah Chung

If you haven’t seen this place, you need to go. Originally a Chinese medical clinic, general store, community center and residence, Kam Wah Chung gives you an incomparable glimpse into the past. This remarkable site, a National Historic Landmark, is located in the town of John Day, and includes a museum and a separate interpretive center. The museum is only a 5 minute walk from the Dreamers Lodge.

Grab A Beer

This famous 1188 brewery company is only a 3 minute walk from the Dreamers Lodge Hotel. This is Grant County's first modern day brewery, they are nestled in the city of John Day, Oregon surrounded by beautiful mountains, rivers, and ranch lands. Stop by for a cold pint, or to fill a growler or two. In addition to their own beers brewed on site, they also offer a number of guest taps from small breweries around Oregon.

7th Street Sports Complex

The 7th Street Complex offers wide open grass fields and open space for the enjoyment of everyone. Surrounding the Park is the paved Jimmy Allen walking trail that provides a wonderful stroll year round. This trail is closed to Bicycle's except children with adult supervision. We hope you visit our Park anytime you get the chance and enjoy our Community Treasure as much as we do. The complex is only a 15 minute walk from Dreamers Lodge.

Grant County Regional Airport

The John Day/Grant County Regional Airprort is owned and operated by Grant County and encompasses approximately 335 acres. The airport operates regional, private, and military flights. The regional airport is undergoing lots of new construction and grows in the number of flights every year. The Dreamers Lodge offers free airport transportation if you call the office and make a reservation through phone.

Old Mill District

The Old Mill District is a historic area formerly occupied by two lumber mills in Bend, Oregon. Encompassing approximately 270 acres along the Deschutes River, the Old Mill District is now a mixed-use area known for its shops, galleries and restaurants.

High Desert Museum

The High Desert Museum has been inspiring families since 1982 and is consistently rated as a top Central Oregon attraction by Trip Advisor. With 135 acres and more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, it’s a “must see” for anyone traveling through the area.

Eagle Crest Golf Course

Eagle Crest Resort offers three fun and unique courses; including two championship 18-hole par 72 courses, an 18-hole executive course, and an 18-hole putting course. There is a course for everyone, no matter your skill level or age. Browse below to find the one right for you, or take a swing and play them all!

Lava River Cave

The Lava River Cave near Bend, Oregon, is part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which is managed by the United States Forest Service. At 5,211 feet in length, the northwest section of the cave is the longest continuous lava tube in Oregon.