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Blue Basin

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Part of the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, phenomenal badlands of pale greenish/blue volcanic ash now turned to stone await at Blue Basin. Wind, rain and time have sculpted incredible rock formations, pinnacles, creating a veritable cacophony of texture. Two trails leave from the parking area. The Island of Time is less than a mile long and leads to the center of the basin. Interpretive signage, replica fossils and the scattering of small lizards dot the path. The Blue Basin Trail is a three-mile loop around the perimeter of the basin and affords spectacular views. And remember, have plenty of water, a sunhat and sunscreen.


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