Eastern Oregon Sights

Sheep Rock

  • 32651 Hwy. 19 Map It
  • Kimberly
  • Information Center

Published 02/19/2016

Fodor's Review

The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center at Sheep Rock serves as the area's primary visitor center, with a museum dedicated to the fossil beds, fossils on display, in-depth informational panels, handouts, and an orientation movie. Two miles north of the visitor center on Highway 19 is the impressive Blue Basin, a badlands canyon with sinuous blue-green spires. Winding through this basin is the ½-mile Island in Time Trail, where trailside exhibits explain the area's 28-million-year-old fossils. The 3-mile Blue Basin Overlook Trail loops around the rim of the canyon, yielding some splendid views. Blue Basin is a hike with a high effort-to-reward ratio, and in summer rangers lead interpretive jaunts Friday to Sunday at 10 am.

Sight Information

Address:

32651 Hwy. 19, Kimberly, Oregon, 97848, United States

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Phone:

541-987–2333

Website: www.nps.gov/joda

Sight Details:

  • Daily, during daylight hrs; visitor center: Sept.–May, daily 10–5; June–Aug. daily 9–5

Published 02/19/2016

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