Island in Time (John Day Fossil Beds - Sheep Rock Unit)

EASY 15 reviews

Island in Time (John Day Fossil Beds - Sheep Rock Unit) is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kimberly, Oregon that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.2 miles
252 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



A real sense of time.... Some described this trail as 1/2 hr. for 1.4 m out and back. If you want to stop and read signs and simply stare at those cliffs, take at least 45."

nature trips
3 days ago

beautiful. I will go back again to see it after a good rain so I can see the water flow.

11 days ago

Nice easy hike even with an unhappy 6 year old. Fossil replicas at some of the reader boards. Rangers with walking history talks at 10 am, only last 1 hour and super informative!!

9 months ago

Cool place to see some fossil beds.

11 months ago

Me and Jenesis here. 6/17/2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Short trail. Really interesting area! Just a few feet into the trail and you step into a prehistoric jurassic time surrounded by fossils and turquoise rocks.

Monday, June 06, 2016

My favorite part of the JODA park! You enter into a canyon of blues as well as observe fossils embedded in the rock! Only moderate because of the length and rocky terrain. A magnificent step into time.

Friday, March 11, 2016

2 hr 15 min from home

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Great trail for gaining perspective.... a step back in time for sure. If you take a few moments to read the signs or simply stand and stare at those cliffs, plan on at least 45".

Monday, January 16, 2012

Make sure you stop at the ranger station and talk to the rangers, they are a good source of info and park history. If you are interested in viewing dino digs make sure you ask the rangers about it because they'll be able to tell you which trail allows you to see scientists in action.
Great views.

9 months ago

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday, June 05, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tuesday, August 12, 2014