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Rugged canyons, and prehistoric fossil beds, the John Day River Territory is a playground for nature lovers. The region’s natural beauty invites visitors to stay awhile; to bike, hike, fish, swim, paddle and savor life slowed down to perfection. It’s the perfect destination for those who want to trade in life’s hustle and bustle for a few days of peace, serenity, and awe-inspiring views.

Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Cottonwood Canyon State Park is one of the largest in the state of Oregon. The area is very popular among hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. The Lost Corral Trail and Pinnacles Trail are two of the most trafficked options in the park and are great ways to explore the park's beautiful landscape. The John Day River is a popular destination for anglers. Visitors often catch steelhead, bass, and catfish. Those looking to stay overnight can either stay in the campground or rent one of the park's rustic cabins. This park is a wonderful respite from the busy urban life of Portland.

Best trails in Cottonwood Canyon State Park, Oregon | AllTrails

Sheep Rock Unit of the Painted Hills National Monument
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