VIEW: Cove Palisades State Park – Culver, OR

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Our road trips for features or meticulously planned out ahead of time, but rarely do they ever go according to plan. We are ALWAYS running late, which means we rarely make it to the state parks that we camp out in before dark has fallen on them. That was the case when we arrived at The Cove Palisades State Park in Culver, Or over the Veteran’s Day weekend in 2019.

We could barely see where our campsite was, let alone see any potential landscapes that the park had to offer. So, when we woke up the next morning, packed up, and started to head out towards Bend, we got an unexpected surprise. We were literally surrounded on three sides  by unobstructed mountain views. Not only that, the rock cliffs and Crooked River below us were equally breathtaking. They were views that called to us, urging us to take some time to explore.

And explore we did (now you know why we are ALWAYS running late). Heading down first, we took the drive from the Crooked River Day Use Area around to the Petroglyph Site. It was only one rock carving, but was still cool to see, and the drive itself offered views that made it more than worth it. Once done below, we headed up, backtracking on our direction a bit to check out the many viewpoints available on top of the rock cliffs (or butte’s … I can’t get used to that name yet ).

Although not the best time of day for photos of mountains, and distance was definitely an issue even for my awesome camera, I’m still glad we took the time to stop and enjoy them. I wish I could say I know them all by name. In our home base of Snohomish County, we can identify nearly all of the Cascade Mountains we travel amongst frequently. But, hey, it was our first trip to Oregon for the blog and to explore … so, we’ll work on that and get them all labeled at some point.

If you find yourself in the Bend, OR, area, on a clear day, make the detour to The Cove Palisades State Park. Even if you just take a drive through, you won’t regret it. And … if you happen to make it to the Round Butte Dam at the North end of the park, share some photos. We definitely didn’t get to backtrack that far and would love to see it. Maybe next time.

Select photos from this feature, as well as others, are available for purchase through our online photography store HERE. Prints are 12×18 and available as follows: Print Only $25, Print In Borderless Frame $35, and Digital Copy For Personal Use $5.  See a photo here that isn’t available through the store, email us at livethepnwlife@gmail.com with the subject “Photo Order” and we will get you taken care of.

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