Night Sky Over Cottonwood Canyon

Sure to make your bucket list of camping memories, please join us at one of Oregon’s darkest places for an evening of stargazing with ranger staff from Oregon State Parks and Rose City Astronomers (RCA) volunteers at beautiful Cottonwood Canyon State Park!  Volunteer astronomers will help visitors find various objects of interest in the night sky throughout the evening. You will be in awe at the beauty of a truly amazing night sky.

Starting at 3pm in the afternoon, RCA volunteers will be available for solar astronomy viewing using a Solar Telescope, followed by a ranger-led talk on night sky preservation at dusk. To cap off the night, volunteers will have deep space telescopes available for a fantastic night of star viewing.

This event is free and open to the public, with attendees of all ages welcome. Pre-registration, however is required. Tent camping area and a very limited number of RV parking slots will be held in our Day Use Area for this event. Regular camp spaces are available through our reservations page. Contact park staff for additional details.

Note: Cottonwood Canyon State Park is remote. There are no food, fuel or other services nearby. Please plan ahead thoughtfully for your trip.

Photo Credit: Dawn Davis Photography