Cottonwood Canyon State Park – Wasco, Oregon

Cottonwood Canyon near Wasco, OR is Oregon’s newest state park. All sites are primitive, but there are vault toilets and potable water in the park.

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The Cottonwood Canyon brand

The campground sits right on the John Day River, so we had access to swimming and fishing. The fishing was great there, everyone around us was catching a lot…not us, but everyone around us.

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Kayaks on the John Day
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View of the John Day River flowing through Cottonwood Canyon.

Cottonwood Canyon is meant to give you the feel of the ranching days of the past. There is a barn, cattle shoots, corals, old farming equipment, water troughs, and more.

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Cottonwood Canyon barn – go ahead and sneak in and roll in the hay all night. I will deny telling you that it is okay to do that.
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There’s probably someone rolling in the hay in this picture. What? It’s not me…I was taking the picture.
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Local cattle brands are branded on the fences.
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Super old mower thingabop.
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Superman: [hardly breathing] You’re letting them kill Murtha… Batman: What does that mean? Why did you say that name? Superman: Find him… Save Murtha… Batman: Why did you say that name? Murtha? Why did you say that name? WHY DID YOU SAY THAT NAME? Lois Lane: [enters running] It’s his cow’s name! It’s his cow’s name.
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Tack. Tak. “Tak is here now, and he speaks with the voice of the older age;” -Stephen King.
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“What? You’ve never seen a guy with a chainsaw for a hand?” -Ashley James Williams
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“Would you like to see my pleasure barn?” -Chrisbob Grey.

Pay attention to the fencing around the campground, as it tells a story worth paying attention to.

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In wildness is the preservation of the world.” – Henry David Thoreau
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“The ways of those who have come before.” -Fence
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“Your path is under your boot soles.” -Fence

The information station is great with a solar charging station for your cell phone that you won’t have a signal on. There are also rocking chairs, and an outdoor wooden checker game. Feel free to ring the dinner bell, too.

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“Well I followed her, to the station With a suitcase in my hand.” – Rolling Stones
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Charging station.
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Have a seat. Stay awhile.
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Have some lemonade and play some checkers on the porch.
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CHOW TIME!!

The night sky is framed by the canyon hills and is a beautiful sight to see.

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Night sky over the canyon
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The morning sky was worth taking a look at too!

Cottonwood Canyon also has free mountain bikes for camper use. There are multiple trails to ride on, including a path right beside the river that takes you past some pretty fascinating geological sights. Due to a chubby butt and a bum knee, I did not partake in the bicycling, but the hubs did and he wrote a blog for you about it, which is coming up next!

 

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