Island in Time Trail

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon

Elevation Gain432ft
Trailhead Elevation2,150ft
Elevation Min/Max2150/2408ft
Elevation Start/End2150/2150ft

Island in Time Trail

Island in Time Trail is a hiking trail in Grant County, Oregon. It is within John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 2,150 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 432 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and restrooms. Near the end of the trail is a bench. This trail connects with the following: Blue Basin Overlook Trail.

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"The Island in Time Trail leads you on a beautiful tour through a desert canyon filled with intricate rock terraces and high cliff walls that have been molded and shaped by wind and water. Interpretive signs posted along the trail describe different ancient fossils and offer interesting details about what the region’s climate and landscape were like more than thirty million years ago. Two paths can be accessed from the Blue Basin trailhead: the Blue Basin Overlook Trail and the Island in Time Trail.The 0.7-mile Island in Time Trail,described here, is located in the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and highlights some of the species that roamed the area’s hills and valleys more than thirty millions years ago."

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Trail Information

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Nearby City
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Local Contacts
Maptech CD: Hermiston/Prineville/ Canyon City, OR; USGS: Picture Gorge East, OR; Picture Gorge West, OR
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