Unique Astronomy Site: Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Courtesy of oregonstateparks.org

Cottonwood Canyon State Park is a true gem and a wonderful place to go stargazing! There are areas for telescopes and cameras, but camping space is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot early!


  • Light Pollution: Black
  • Who Uses This Site: Open To The Public
  • Gear that one can bring: Anything!
Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Image courtesy of oregonstateparks.org



  • # of spots: 30+
  • Cost For Parking: $5 Day Day Use Fee–>Camping Costs if Staying the night
  • Parking Permit(s) Required: Oregon State Parks Payment for entry
  • Where Permit(s) Can Be Obtained: Park Entrance

Overnight Accommodations

  • Lone Tree Campground info:
    • 21 primitive sites for tents and self-contained RVs (max site size is 75 feet). Available first-come, first-served
    • 4 rustic cabins (reservable; Bighorn and Rattlesnake cabins pet friendly; see our Pets in Parks FAQ for more info)
  • All information comes from Oregon State Parks
  • Reservations via Reserve America
    Rate Type Cost
    Extra vehicle $7
    Group Tent $71
    Hiker-biker per person $7
    Pet Friendly Rustic Cabin $58
    Primitive site $10
    Rustic cabin $48

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