Park Guides Hot Off the Press

Those looking for their next Oregon State Parks adventure can start with the new 2019-2020 Oregon State Parks Guide. Available free of charge at many Oregon State Parks or from oregonstateparks.org; the guide is your passport to fun and adventure.

This year the guide features Cottonwood Canyon State Park on the front cover; making the 2019-2020 Parks Guide the best guide yet (though we may be a bit biased.)

Some big updates in this seasons guide includes important dates such as State Parks Day on the first Saturday in June, Spring and Summer Whale Watch Weeks in March and December. Various Star Parties and Beach Cleanup events are listed as well.

Also listed are some of the non-camping activities available in many Oregon State Parks including Kayaking and Paddleboarding, Wildlife Viewing, Interpretive Programs, Whale Watching and Disc Golf.

Don’t have a tent? No problem. Parks with Tepees, Cabins, Yurts, and historic hotels are shown on the fold out map. Need something for day use or large events? That’s covered too! Inside you’ll find information on group camping, picnic shelters and meeting halls.

As always, the Parks Guide features large print maps showing all your favorite parks, and many new parks to explore. Amenities for each park is listed as well as brief descriptions and park contact information.

Looking back at the guides of yesteryear can reveal some interesting history of Oregon State Parks.

Digging through an old Parks Guide from 1946, are some very familiar areas. Did you know that the John Day Fossil Beds used to be a State Park? It was until being handed over to the National Park Service in the 1970’s. What a feeling it must have been driving into Painted Hills State Park in 1946!

Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint is featured as a Central Oregon Favorite in this years Park Guide. It was also featured in 1946. What a change!

For years, this publication has guided travelers across Oregon. Stop in and pick up yours!

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