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  • Writer's pictureAmy Hindman

John Day Fossil Beds Foree Trailhead

Difficulty: Easy

Length: .5 miles (Flood of Fire) & Story in Stone (.3 miles)

Season: All Year

Location: John Day Fossil Beds

Notes: Vault toilets are available. Bring your own drinking water.

*Thank you to Claire Conklin of Baker City for contributing the information for this post.

The Foree Trailhead has two short hikes that are perfect for kids. Flood of Fire is a gravel trail leading to an overlook of the John Day River Valley and a colorful rock formation similar to Cathedral Rock

The Story in Stone trail skirts around a small absin of blue-green claystone and contains fossils of animals that lived there 25-30 million years ago. The trail is mostly level and partially paved.

Make sure you stop by the Thomas Condon Paleontology Visitor Center while you're in the area.

Getting There: The Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds is off Highway 19 between Kimberley and Dayville Oregon approximately 2.5 hours from Baker City.

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