camping: Oregon Coast – Beverly Beach & Devils Punchbowl
On this camping trip, we spent two nights at Beverly Beach State Park near Newport, Oregon, and explored the Devils Punchbowl area at sunset.
Reservations are required to camp at Beverly Beach State Park, which is open year round. This is a large campground with tent, RV, and yurt campsites. Beach access is via a short trail that goes under a scenic bridge on Highway 101.
In cold weather, my friends and I camp in our vehicles instead of in tents. We have canopies that attach to our vehicles, and inside we have bed platforms and cushy mattresses for staying warm and dry while camping.
Sunrises and sunsets can be spectacular at the coast in the fall and winter months, and you don’t need to get up super early or stay up late to see them. In the morning, we took a short trail to the beach for sunrise views.
At low tide, Beverly Beach has a lot of interesting exposed rock.
We planned to be at Devils Punchbowl at sunset, so we scouted the area early in the day and then went back later in the afternoon. It is possible to walk along the beach for 1.5 miles to reach Devils Punchbowl, but it was high tide and we weren’t sure the beach would be fully accessible, so we drove to the parking area near the community of Otter Rock instead.
This area is very popular with surfers. We took the stairs down to the beach on the south side of Devils Punchbowl and watched them ride the waves while we enjoyed the warm sun.
We headed back to camp, had a late lunch and then drove back to Devils Punchbowl for sunset. This time, we accessed the beach and Marine Gardens area on the north side of the park. I walked the entire length of the beach here and was able to see Cape Foulweather to the north, and the high rock walls of Otter Crest to the south.
At low tide, we were able to walk on the beach and across a slippery rocky section to reach the inside of Devils Punchbowl, with views of the sunset looking out of the sea cave openings.
We spent a couple of hours taking in the colorful night sky before heading back to camp for the night.