Blue Basin Overlook Trail

  • Close up of Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei) in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.


Dogs Yes

3.25 (miles)



~760 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)


Blue Basin Overlook Trail is an easy kid friendly day hike in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is a great choice for hikers who want a little bit of a longer hike. This trail is dog friendly, but your furry friends must be kept on leash. The monument says this trail climbs "to an overlook of Blue Basin, this trail provides breathtaking views down into steep badlands and grand vistas of the John Day River valley." This trail is in the Blue Basin area where all off trail hiking is prohibited. There is camping available in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

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Contact: John Day Fossil Bed National Monument 32651 Highway 19 Kimberly, OR 97848

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