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Cottonwood Canyon

Sherman & Gilliam Counties, Oregon

Cottonwood Canyon State Park & BLM

Fees: none

Activity: walking/biking/hiking

Elevation: 500'-1500'

Current status (as of 7/19/24): not blooming

Notes: There are trails on both the north (west) and south (east) sides of the John Day River. If you're biking, the north side is smoother. While you're in the area, you might want to stop by Starvation Lane, where you can find upland flowers along the road.

Peak wildflower bloom in Cottonwood Canyon is typically from late March through April into early May, but there may be some flowers blooming from early March until the end of May.*

Typical year:

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* The dates given on this Web site for each location's blooming season are only estimates and can vary from year to year. Weather conditions in the winter and spring can shift these dates by up to a month, especially in the mountains. For the latest updates, check the Oregon Wildflowers or PortlandHikers Facebook groups, or browse the most recent postings to iNaturalist or Instagram.