Last year we had several people rent vans to celebrate the new year and at the time we thought, “Gosh, that’s a good idea.” It seemed they were on to something. Bright stars against a dramatic night sky might be all the fanfare you need to ring in the new year.
A friend told us to head downriver out of the campground and then just stop and listen. “You’ll hear literally nothing,” he said. “It’s the quietest place on earth.”
Only two hours from Portland, Cottonwood Canyon State Park appears to be undiscovered at the moment. It’s quiet because very few people are out there, and also because the landscape is so vast and remote. With 8,000 acres adjacent to BLM lands, Cottonwood Canyon State Park is Oregon’s second largest state park.