Thing to Do

Story in Stone Trail

Layered blue claystone rocks in a valley with blue skies in the background
Story in Stone

NPS Photo

The mostly level Story in Stone Trail loops through dramatic pillars of blue-green claystone rocks that make up the Turtle Cove formation of John Day Fossil Beds. Before the trail intersection, the walkway is paved for 900 ft (275 m). Please stay on trail, no collecting permitted, and keep your pets leashed.
15-30 Minutes
Front-Country Hiking
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Drive 9 miles north on HWY 19 from the HWY 19 / HWY 26 junction and turn right. Then drive 0.5 miles up that road leading to "Foree Trails" and the trailhead will be on the right side of the parking lot.
Year Round
Time of Day
Any Time
Accessibility Information
The Story in Stone Trail is a 0.3 mi (0.5 km) loop with no trail obstructions. The trail is paved for 900 ft (275 m) and is gravel after that. Average trail width is 53 inches with a minimum trail width of 34 inches.

There are benches along the trail but with little shade.

Potential hazards: muddy after rain and snow, rocks

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Last updated: June 17, 2022