Clarno Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds


While staying at the Wilson Ranches B&B near Fossil, Oregon we visited the very interesting and wide-spread units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

After checking in at the B&B on the first day of our stay, we drove to the Clarno Unit.

The most interesting features of the Unit are the palisades (high cliffs) which are the remains of ancient mudflows called lahars. Over time, the mud, silt, soil, and rocks of these lahars, along with wood, nuts, seeds, and leaves from the forest floor, were cemented together by silica. This combination left a solid cliff made up of sand, silt, and clay that encased the jumbled remains of a forest.

It is very unique. Several short trails are in the area. They showcase the palisades, pass by a variety of fossilized leafs and branches, and lead to a natural arch.

Natural arch in the palisades

Natural arch in the palisades

My favorite model

My favorite model

Orange Mallow

Orange Mallow

Rainbow after a rain squall

Rainbow after a rain squall

Your humble scribe at the end of the trail

Your humble scribe at the end of the trail

Clover

Clover

Clarno Palisades

Clarno Palisades

Swallow nests

Swallow nests

Basalt cliffs rising far above the John Day River Valley

Basalt cliffs rising far above the John Day River Valley

Bee on a Thistle

Paper Wasp on a Thistle

Categories: Central Oregon OutingsTags: , , , , , ,

What's your opinion?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: