Cottonwood Canyon State Park, Oregon

This State Park located on the John Day River has been on our bucket list for some time. This former working ranch is the second largest & newest park in the Oregon Park system. (note: newest park that offers camping).

Cottonwood Canyon Postcard

Lone Tree - State Park, near Moro, OR: Site #12 (ZZ RV sites total) - This site has: water nearby. Campground Notes: flush toilets • vault toilets • showers • no dump station available • lake/river access • trails from campground • trails nearby • 552’ elevation. September 18th - 23rd. Miles traveled: 168 miles (tap on mileage to see route & elevation change).

• campsites non-reservable.
• New shower & flush toilet building now opened as of 9/18/2018.
• No dump station.

Overall Experience: Smile

Local Flavor – Area Businesses We Enjoyed & Recommend
Ordnance Brewing, Boardman, OR

Cottonwood Canyon State Park is a state park in Wasco County, Oregon. It's situated in a remote area along the John Day River and offers stunning geology, diverse plant and animal life, and the largest concentration of rare and endangered species in the state.

Park Features

  • Hiking trails
  • Campground with 25 sites (open from April to October)
  • Visitor center


  • Rock climbing
  • Picnicking
  • Birdwatching

The park is home to various wildlife species, including:

  • Bighorn sheep
  • Pronghorns
  • Mule deer
  • Golden eagles

Location and Accessibility

Cottonwood Canyon State Park is approximately 60 miles east of The Dalles, Oregon. You can reach it by car using state highways 206 and 218. The park remains open throughout the year, although certain services and facilities may be unavailable during winter.

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