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Island in Time Trail Guided Hike

  • Trailhead John Day Fossil Beds National Monument United States (map)

Join a ranger-led hike exploring the Island in Time trail at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. As you hike through the green-blue clay stone badlands, the park ranger will point out fossil casts placed along the trail. This moderate hike follows the canyon floor and gains 220 feet of elevation. The Island in Time trail is 1.3 miles round trip. 

Dogs are welcomed, but please have them leashed and note that there are 13 bridges with an open steel mesh tread on the walking surfaces. Dogs may need to be carried across these bridges. 

Following the tour, you may choose to explore the 3.25 mile Blue Basin Overlook trail from the same parking lot. 

For more information about this event, please contact Genevieve Perdue at

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Ranger, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

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Suitability: Children welcome, great for the family.

Difficulty: Involves 1.3+ mile hikeon uneven terrain.

Things to Bring: Sturdy walking shoes, suitable hiking attire, long pants, rain jacket, hat with a brim, sunglasses and sunscreen, snack, refillable water bottle, camera, journal, and sense of adventure. 

Earlier Event: May 25
Journey to the Zumwalt
Later Event: May 29
Nature Journaling