COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

Two States, Three Volcanoes & One Big River — Oregon & Washington’s Playground™

Up to 4,000 feet deep, the Columbia River Gorge stretches for more than 80 miles as the Columbia River winds westward through the Cascade Range, forming the boundary between the State of Washington to the north and Oregon to the south. Three volcanoes dominate the Cascades and are major attractions when visiting the Gorge. Majestic Mt. Hood is the highest point in Oregon. It is one of the three dormant volcanoes in this region, with Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens located across the river in Washington state.

The western Gorge, with an average annual rainfall of 75 inches, is lush and green with misty mountains, old growth forest and over 40 plus waterfalls. The eastern Gorge, with an annual rainfall of less than 15 inches, is a region of rocky bluffs, rolling hills, desert wildflowers and wide open spaces.

Just taking a drive through the Columbia River Gorge and exploring the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway is an experience in itself, as you will be in awe of the spectacular geological wonders.

The Columbia River Gorge
is the largest national scenic area
in the United States.

Oregon's Mt. Hood is one of three volcanoes in the Columbia River Gorge Region

Mt. Hood, Oregon | 11,245 ft.

Washington's Mt. St. Helens is one of three volcanoes in the Columbia River Gorge Region

Mt. St. Helens, Washington | 8,364 ft.
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Washington's Mt. Adams is one of three volcanoes in the Columbia River Gorge Region

Mt. Adams, Washington | 12,326 ft.

THE REGION’S THREE VOLCANIC MOUNTAINS ARE A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT TO BEHOLD.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR LEGENDS AND HISTORY.

Blog Posts

  • Birdwatching in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Welcome to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

The Columbia River Gorge is the largest national scenic area in the United States and is truly a special place. In 1986, a group of hikers and outdoor enthusiasts organized a campaign to preserve the Columbia River Gorge’s scenic beauty by successfully encouraging Congress to pass the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. The purpose of the act is to protect and provide for the enhancement of scenic, cultural, recreational and natural resources of the Gorge. It also protects and supports the economy of the Gorge by encouraging growth to [...]

  • beacon rock trail

Beacon Rock

Beacon Rock is the core of an ancient volcano and is a well known landmark that is recommended for the first time visitor to the Columbia River Gorge. The plug is 848 feet high with handrails lining most of the ascent. The trail is 4,500 feet long with a 15 percent grade and takes 45 minutes to an hour to make the round trip. Once on top of the rock, the view of the Columbia River Gorge is breathtaking. Getting there: Drive west on Hwy 14, 10 miles from Stevenson, Washington. [...]