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 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

  • 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. [...]

  • View of the Columbia River Gorge, a paradise offering outdoor recreation, waterfalls, incredible views and communities.

The Columbia Gorge: Welcome to Paradise

The Columbia River Gorge is a natural wonder that is united, not divided by the mighty Columbia River and the Cascade Mountain Range. As the majestic river winds its way through the mountains, it brings six counties in two states together with something truly unique and different to see around every corner. 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 [...]