EAST GORGE OREGON
Mosier · Rowena · The Dalles · Dufur · Rufus · Maupin · Moro · Shaniko
As you travel toward the eastern Columbia River Gorge, you will begin to see an impressive change in the landscape. The East Gorge in Oregon is in the rain shadow of the Cascades where annual rainfall is just 14 inches at The Dalles. You will notice the dramatic change in scenery as it shifts from temperate rainforests to dry grasslands. Enjoy the sunshine!
ART + HISTORY: Visit the East Gorge town of Shaniko where the west still lives. • Sneak a peek at the Old St. Peters Landmark, a 115 year old former Catholic Church complete with stained glass windows and old church bell. • Visit The Dalles School District Archive Museum, honoring both the old and new school districts of The Dalles, Oregon.
BIKE + DRIVE: Bike or drive into history with eye-catching views and abandoned homesteads at Eight and Fifteen Mile Loop, also known as Emerson Loop Cutoff.
FESTIVALS: Take the family to Maupin Daze for the annual riverfront festival on the Deschutes River. • Don’t miss the Northwest Cherry Festival that provides three days of entertainment and fun for the whole family in downtown The Dalles, Oregon.
HIKE: Explore The Dalles Mountain Ranch and take an easy hike to view stunning vistas and magnificent wildflowers.
MUSEUM + DISCOVERY CENTER: Take a step back in time and experience a slice of country life at the Dufur Living History Museum. • Visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center to learn about birds of prey including eagles, owls, hawks and falcons.
VIEWPOINTS: Enjoy sweeping views of The Dalles and surrounding area at Kelly View Point with access to Sorosis Park.
Historic Columbia River Highway
Between Mosier and Hood River, the five mile Twin Tunnels segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway is a beautiful multi-purpose paved trail with outstanding views of the Columbia River Gorge (no motorized vehicles allowed). The four mile section from The Dalles to Rowena is a scenic drive offering an incredible view of the East Gorge from Oregon’s Rowena Crest.
Tom McCall Nature Preserve
The 271-acre Tom McCall Nature Preserve on Rowena Plateau provides breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge. Wildflowers are abundant in the spring with over 200 plant species. No dogs allowed.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum
The 48,200 square-foot Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum is situated on a 54-acre point of land adjacent to the Columbia River and the Historic Columbia River Highway. The multimedia, interactive museum inspires appreciation and stewardship of the natural and cultural treasures of the Columbia River Gorge and Wasco County.
Fort Dalles Museum
Fort Dalles Museum, in The Dalles, Oregon, is housed in the former Surgeon’s Quarters; the only remaining officer’s quarters of the 1856 Fort Dalles military complex. One of Oregon’s oldest history museums, it first opened its doors in 1905. Take a tour of the unique collection of pioneer and military artifacts and antique wagons at one of the old west’s most pivotal places in history. You will enjoy viewing the exhibits and walking on the grounds of this military fort, built during the 1800s.
The National Neon Sign Museum
The National Neon Sign Museum in The Dalles, Oregon is dedicated to providing a dynamic and entertaining environment that promotes an understanding and appreciation of advertising and signage and the unique role it has played in American history. It provides historical, social and cultural relevance through the exhibition of more than 20,000 square feet of electrifying signs, ephemera and interactive displays that date from the late 1800s through the 1960s.
The Riverfront Trail
The Riverfront Trail at The Dalles is a scenic paved pathway along the Columbia River from the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center parking lot east 7.3 miles to the Riverfront Park. There are a lot of interesting things to see in that distance, including the Riverfront Park, the marina, a Lewis & Clark “slept here” campsite, the wild Chenoweth Creek and the lakes and ridges of the wildlife refuge below the Discovery Center. The trail may be windy, but never boring.
The Dalles Dam
Learn about hydropower, navigation, recreation, fish passage and much more at The Dalles Locks and Dam in the East Gorge of Oregon. There’s a 250-gallon cold water aquarium stocked with fish from the Columbia River, a live-camera view of the fish going up the fish ladder, a short film and several interactive displays and activities about the multifunctions of the dam. There is something for everyone, even in January when the Annual Eagle Watch takes place.
White River Falls State Park
White River Falls State Park is a beautiful day-use recreational area offering hiking trails with views of the White River Falls and desert flowers blooming in the spring.
Deschutes River State Recreation Area
The Deschutes River State Recreation Area is an overnight haven for campers. There’s no better place for family activities like hiking, mountain biking, camping, rafting and world-class fishing. The Deschutes, which is both a national and state scenic waterway, drops about a quarter of a mile in its final 100 miles as it twists through canyons 700 to 2,200 feet deep.
Sherman County Museum
The Museum comprises 16,000 square feet and over 15,000 artifacts used in Native American families, Oregon Trail migration, rural households, churches, schools, businesses, livestock production, dry-land wheat farming and conservation, military units and patriotic efforts.
Cottonwood Canyon State Park
This park is rugged and vast, from the vertical cliffs carved by the John Day River to deep side canyons and arid, rocky grasslands that extend for miles in all directions. The park’s 8,000-plus acres are open for exploring, stargazing and contemplating the elemental forces that carved this unique east gorge Oregon landscape.
Explore The Dalles
CREATE YOUR ADVENTURE IN SUNSATIONAL THE DALLES!
This is where discovery meets history at the edge of the Columbia River. Just 90 miles east of Portland, The Dalles is a year-round escape with 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. This is the place where fishermen catch 12-foot-long river monsters, where bikers race to the peaks of Mount Hood, and where people of all ages can experience the art, culture, and history of The Dalles.
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