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Cottonwood Canyon State Park

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Unique, historic, beautiful, special - very Oregon

This is a brand new state park, established in 2013, and is now the second largest state park in... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2018
Portland, Oregon
Cottonwood State Park

Beautiful, serene, friendly! Different than most state parks because it sits by the John Day River... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
Moro, Oregon
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Reviewed 20 September 2018

This is a brand new state park, established in 2013, and is now the second largest state park in Oregon, encompassing 8,000 acres (3,200 ha) (the largest is Silver Falls State Park). It has 21 primitive sites for tents and self-contained RVs (max site size...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank jcravens
Reviewed 9 June 2018

We visited for the second time this winter and we still really like this park, but I am apprehensive about what the new construction do to the feeling and ambiance. Looks like several more sites, cabins, and hookups are coming. Just not sure how I...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank WeAlwaysWAnder
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Beautiful, serene, friendly! Different than most state parks because it sits by the John Day River but is Dry land terrain, Sage Brush is everywhere.

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank mspencer97
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We just happened to drive by Cottonwood Canyon State Park on our way home from viewing the total eclipse looking for a place to spend the night car-camping. What a scenic spot! I wish we would have had time to explore the various hiking trails....More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank kec425
Reviewed 31 July 2017

This is a fantastic stopping point to camp (Hiker Biker site for 5 dollars) on a bike route tour of Oregon. The descending road into the canyon is spectacular, and the road out again absolutely gorgeous. The canyon ground has running water and facilities, and...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank hotelfan828
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

We'd been riding through the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, so it was amazing to drive an hour from Hood River into the high desert. Wheat fields and wind farms served as the transition zone from the river to the high desert. Sagebrush, sloping canyons,...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Jerilyn S
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

It's hard to imagine a place as green and beautiful as Cottonwood Canyon State Park located near Wasco Oregon. Set about 2000 feet below the surrounding basalt cliffs along the nearly 230 plus mile free flowing John Day river, there are numerous hiking trails, wildlife,...More

Date of experience: March 2017
3  Thank D1278AGdaver
Reviewed 17 January 2017

We visited in February on a crisp cool but clear weekend. There were more people camping than I expected, but still not very many. This park is on the newer side, not much vegetation has grown up yet so sites are not private. The way...More

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank WeAlwaysWAnder
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Cottonwood Canyon State Park is Oregon's newest park. We hiked there today and were the only ones on the trail. It is extraordinarily scenic and historic. This is a place to see geologic cliffs. The walk along the river is peaceful and beautiful. Parts of...More

Date of experience: November 2016
2  Thank travelingrm
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is a trip you really must make. Lots to see & do. Plenty of back road driving with great geological scenery & very little traffic. Pack water & snacks as this is remote but don't be afraid to explore the semi-nearby communities of Wasco,...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Gina W
5 September 2018|
Response from WeAlwaysWAnder | Reviewed this property |
Honestly I don't recall.... but I don't think so. Pretty remote