Overlooking the Tualatin Valley, the 230-acre Cooper Mountain Nature Park offers visitors grand views of the Chehalem Mountains (and features 3½ miles of trails of varying difficulty) that traverse the park and pass through a mosaic of distinct habitats: oak and madrone woodlands, native prairies, and conifer forests.
Along these trails, visitors may catch glimpses of rare animal species like the Northern red-legged frog and Western gray squirrel. Nature lovers can get up-close looks at Oregon white oak trees, and view a small prairie that has sat relatively undisturbed for hundreds of years.
This park includes a natural demonstration garden, showcasing native and drought-tolerant plants suited to Cooper Mountain’s dry climate and south-facing slopes. The park also has picnic tables and a nature play area for children. The Cooper Mountain Nature House offers year around environmental education programs and is available for rentals.
Hours: Open daily, dawn to dusk
Pet Policy: For the protection of wildlife, dogs, horses and other pets are prohibited.
Flora: Pale Larkspur, Oregon White Oak, Pacific Madrone
Wildlife: Western Bluebird, Rubber Boa, Coyote
Did you know…
- Cooper Mountain Nature Park contains the largest population of the endangered pale larkspur in the world?
- Cooper Mountain is home to the rare Willamette Valley Prairie habitat?