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Camping at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

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Cottonwood Canyon State Park near Wasco, Oregon, was a delightful surprise (read more about it here). We liked it so much, we spent an extra day there. We’ll be going back again when we get the chance.


The park is located 2+ hours southwest of us in Oregon’s farming hills.

Opened September 2013, the former ranch has been turned into Oregon’s second largest State Park. It is nestled amongst Eastern Oregon’s rolling hills and what its camping spots lack in amenities–it’s campground has been left purposefully void of hookups: no sewer, water, cable, electrical, or cell service–it makes up for with a peaceful quiet. The camp sites are widely dispersed, farther apart than the houses in many modern suburb developments. In our book, it’s a gem. Here are some pics:


The wheat fields may be taking the winter off, but we passed endless windmills churning on our way to the park.


The entrance to the park is on the left. The John Day Rive runs quietly through the park.

The day-use area of the park looks very welcoming. I imagine they do special events on the grassy area. There’s an information booth in the foreground and a barn in the background.



Just past the barn is a series of fences that are part story and part poetry. It made for a nice read-and-stroll.



There are some hiking trails as well.


Near the entrance to one trail was this tribute to the tree to the left.


Just reminder that if you have a problem, help isn’t close.
2018-01-18-19-cottonwood-canyon-camping9The campground was well maintained:


The campground offered stripped down bikes to explore the area. There was also firewood available, 2 pieces for $1.




All in all it was a terrific place to spend a few days on our own!



3 Comments on “Camping at Cottonwood Canyon State Park

  1. Tim

    Good thing you chose a STATE park! That looks like a nice trip. I thought it was in the southwest until I read the caption. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  2. Ted Jordan

    Good for you guys!!! Great to get away and have a few days camping in nice quite campsite. Looks awesome, have fun

  3. Barry West

    Appears to be a very tranquil place. Oh to have a rustic house on that plot of land! Your pictures have taken my mind far away. Glad y’all had fun. Thanks for sharing.

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