One of Oregon's best kept secrets, Gilliam County is the destination for adventurers and dreamers who want to get off the beaten path. Hook the big one on the nation's second longest, free-flowing river, the wild and scenic John Day River. Visit a real live ghost town or walk along the Oregon Trail. Try your hand at wind-surfing or gravel road cycling. Sleep under the stars at Oregon's newest state park, Cottonwood Canyon State Park.
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Cottonwood Canyon State Park
Cottonwood Canyon State Park is rugged and vast, from the vertical cliffs carved by the John Day River to deep side canyons and arid, rocky grasslands that extend for miles in all directions. The park’s 8,000-plus acres are open for exploring, stargazing and contemplating the elemental forces that carved this unique landscape.
Ride In A Cycling Paradise
Virtually no traffic, no billboards, smooth blacktop, top-of-the-world forever vistas, safari-like wildlife viewing, exhilarating plunges into and challenging climbs out of rim rock canyons, hair-raising curves….Sound like your idea of cycling heaven? Click here for details: http://rideoregonride.com/rides/
Whether you’re rocketing down the road on your Ducati, crusin’ on your Harley or pedaling under your own power, we’re sure you’ll agree that this part of Oregon is truly cycling paradise.
Hotel Condon is a Bike Friendly Business with Travel Oregon.
Hotel Condon's close proximity to two major rivers makes the hotel an ideal destination for a fishing trip. The John Day River features some of the best bass and steelhead fishing, either on your own or with a guide. The Columbia River offers another option, including great sturgeon and walleye fishing.
The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument offers 14,000 acres of fascinating natural history. Visitors can learn about the past 40 million years by viewing a remarkable collection of fossils at the interpretive center. There are also hiking trails of various degrees of difficulty that offer breathtaking views along with the opportunity to learn.
The area offers a variety of hiking options for all levels of fitness and experience. The three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument feature interpretive trails, wildlife viewing and spectacular, scenic overlooks. Click here for details.
Cottonwood Canyon State Park, located just 20 minutes NW of Condon, provides multiple, scenic hiking trails along and above the John Day River.
Hunting is a popular activity for local residents and tourists. Much of the land in the Condon area is privately owned, but there are some options available.
For more information, visit the official hunting site for the State of Oregon.