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Prairie Sky Center of the Arts

Prairie Sky Center for the Arts’ mission is to advance arts education and entertainment, enhancing the quality of life, and promoting cultural development in the community. Through its programs, the Arts Center will be a dynamic organization that empowers and transforms individuals through creative education and experience. The John Day River Valley is blooming with spectacular artists. It's an amazing place to live a creative life and here are some of our local artists. We've got photographers, glass artists, painters, woodworkers, you name it! Come to the Prairie Sky Center workshops and community activities hosted by Kim Randleas. The art gallery is only a 3 minute walk from Sunset Inn.

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 Sunset Inn.

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 Sunset Inn.

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 Sunset Inn.

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 Sunset Inn.

Grab A Beer

This famous 1188 brewery company is only a 3 minute walk from the Sunset Inn 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 Sunset Inn.

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 Sunset Inn offers free airport transportation if you call the office and make a reservation through phone.

Grant County Library

The Grant County Library Foundation is planning to build a new library to replace the current facility. This new library building will be a welcoming and inviting place for lifelong learners in Grant County. The new building will be sited on Canton Street in the downtown core of John Day where it will be more accessible to pedestrians and other downtown services. The current design is for a building that is larger than the current library, easy to maintain, energy efficient and handicap accessible. The pre-design study completed in April of 2016 estimated the cost to build the new library at $3 million. The Grant County Library is only a 5 minute drive from the Sunset Inn.

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 Sunset Inns.

John Day Golfing

The 9-hole John Day Golf Club in John Day, OR is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1953. John Day Golf Club measures 2930 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 111 and a 33.6 USGA rating. The course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels. The greens are bent grass and the fairways are buffalo. The John Day golfing range is only a 10 minute drive from the Sunset Inn.

John Day Fossil Beds

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. Visit the Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center to meet Oregon's ancient plants and animals. The Fossil Beds is only a 45 minute drive from Sunset Inn.