Cottonwood Canyon: The Second Largest State Park in Oregon

Cottonwood Canyon Campground

Cottonwood Canyon is one of Oregon's newest and second largest state parks and it is only 2 hours and 15 minutes away from Explore More Northwest's pick up location! It is located south of Arlington nestled in a canyon carved out by the John Day River. This is a great destination to enjoy the hiking trails that start right out of the campground and fishing right off the John Day river. There is also a boat launch at the J.S Burnes day use area. This campground is a gateway to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, known for its preserved fossil beds and the infamous Painted Hills of Oregon (see below for more information).

When you enter the campground you are welcomed by a day use area that showcases the history of Cottonwood Canyon. There is a cute little cabin provides a self-serve information station stocked with brochures, maps, and complimentary fishing poles for day use. There is approximately 5 miles of hiking on either side of the river that you can enjoy if you are looking to go for walk or bike ride.

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument: Clarno Unit