We had a great time last week greeting our neighbors and partners to Oregon’s newest state park, Cottonwood Canyon. The park is open year-round from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Primitive camping costs about ten bucks during the summer, and $6 from October through April. The park is open to picnickers, hikers, hunters, stargazers, wildflower addicts, lizard admirers, anglers, photography nuts, sage sniffers (and you know who you are), knobby-tire bicyclists and equestrians. More details on the park’s official web page. A few photos from last week’s celebrations below.
Entry sign on the Sherman County side.
Dozens of people brought their brands to help decorate the park.
Thanks to City of Wasco for loaning the world’s cutest red tractor to take people on a tour of the new park.
The park brand — CwC — was the first of many burned into the park fence.
Local schoolkids enjoying a sunbreak in the park near the historic barn.
Local students Jordan Barrett, Isabella Mills and Cash Helms designed the park’s brand.
Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen delivers a message and poem written especially for the dedication.
Former Gov. Ted Kulongoski — the park began under his tenure.
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission Jay Graves
Former resident Pat Murtha
Sherman County Judge Gary Thompson
The Reitman family.
Gilliam County Judge Steve Shaffer
About 350 turned out for the opening ceremony.
When finished, the barn will provide shelter for school groups.
Drink in the scenery.
A fence around the barn doubles as a display sharing entries from local diaries.
View from the hiker-biker camp.