What is Blue Basin?
Glad you asked!
Blue Basin is just south of our ranch headquarters on Highway 19 and is open to the public. It is a spectacular natural formation that together with the Painted Hills are normally the highlights of any visit to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The Blue Basin is surrounded on three sides by our ranch. (The Fossil Beds Monument was created by the National Park Service by working cooperatively with local landowners to acquire specific lands of high scenic and fossil-related importance.)
Blue Basin is on Highway 19 thirteen miles south of Kimberly and just a couple of miles north of the Thomas Condon Visitors Center (don't miss it). To visit Blue Basin park in the lot when you see the sign. There is a short and easy hike into the basin. You can also take a spectacular 3-1/2 mile hike around the basin that actually takes you onto our ranch. Visit in the spring or fall to avoid the summer heat.
Learn more about Blue Basin in Ellen Morris Bishop's beautiful award-winning book "In Search of Ancient Oregon."