With dark blue raging waves, treacherously crushing against the sandstone cliffs, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how the Devils Punch Bowl earned its name. It is commonly believed that the large circular hole formed when the roof of a cave collapsed due to erosion.
The Devil’s Punch Bowl can be found close to Otter Rock, where the named animals once lived. This naturally carved bowl in the Oregon coast, 5.5 miles away from Depoe Bay, is equally dangerous and attractive. During high tide the stone cauldron (as it is sometimes described) can be seen from above. A fence with warning signs keeps you from getting too close to the edge, preventing you from seeing its true beauty.
At low tide (preferably negative tide for maximum safety) a short walk from the free parking lot close to the view point, leads you to a striking sandy beach. Regardless of the parts of the footpath being slippery and eroded by the elements over the years, the descent is relatively short and easy. Sea creatures like starfish are often caught in the numerous tide pools that form along the beach
A small arch opening in the cliffs, leads to the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Mostly vacant of water, its structural aesthetic lasting centuries can be admired. The sandstone walls with natural red and golden orange pigments, make a perfect photographic opportunity. Large boulders lie in middle most likely from the walls giving way along the years. The bowl has 2 entrances leading to the Pacific Ocean, a favorite spot among surfers due to the high waves. It is definitely a good idea to keep an eye on the water levels while in there, as the area is renowned to leave some causalities.
If you’re driving close by it is worth making a stop at this remarkable view point. If you intend to walk inside, make sure to check the tide before visiting. However even at its roughest of states, the Devil’s Punchbowl is still a breathtaking location.
Shots from Devils Punch Bowl
Here are some of our favorites shots we got while exploring Devils Punch Bowl
Where Is It?
Get on Highway 101 South, after 21.9 miles, take a right turn for Devils Punchbowl State Park, after 0.1 miles turn left to the Otter Crest Loop and in 0.2 miles take a right onto 1st street. In just 0.3 miles you’ll reach the free parking lot close to Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area.
Devil’s Punch Bowl
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, Otter Rock, OR 97369, United States
(Plus Code: PWWP+VG Otter Rock, Oregon, United States)