Blue Basin

Blue-green and tan claystones
Blue Basin

NPS Photo / B. Lillie

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Sheep Rock Unit
Two trails that offer close-up views of blue-green claystones of Blue Basin.

Benches/Seating, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information, Parking - Auto, Parking - Bus/RV, Picnic Shelter/Pavilion, Picnic Table, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Tactile Exhibit, Toilet - Vault/Composting, Trailhead, Trash/Litter Receptacles

Hike self-guided trails through blue and tan fossil-bearing rock layers deposited 31-28 million years ago. There are two trails here, the 0.75-mile Island in Time Trail and 3.25-mile Blue Basin Overlook Trail. Picnic tables and restrooms are located here as well.

No collecting is allowed and off-trail hiking in Blue Basin is strictly prohibited.

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Last updated: April 8, 2021