About The Gorge



The Columbia River Gorge is a National Scenic Area located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest.  Black basalt cliffs, ribbon like waterfalls and lush forests adorn the land along the river bank as it threads it’s way between the borders of Oregon and Washington.

The diverse history of the Gorge includes the explorations of Lewis and Clark, the pioneers who traveled the Oregon Trail and the farmers who planted the first apples and pears in the late 1800’s, making orchards a viable business for the area.  Currently people come from around the world to live, work and play here.

Come explore this amazing outdoor playground. The Gorge functions like a wind tunnel. As cool coastal air rushes eastward toward the high desert it delights the hearts of windsurfers and kite boarders who travel great distances to this world class destination. Hiking to the Gorge’s waterfalls is a classic day trip, and in late fall and early spring, when the heights of the Cascades are buried beneath deep snow, the Gorge is the number-one option for area hikers and mountain bikers. Downhill snow skiers enjoy Mt. Hood while cross-country skiers choose between Mt. Hood, Oregon and the more isolated trails at Mt. Adams, Washington.  Our Gorge is graced with some of the best wildflower hikes in the world!

Learn to drive the back roads and be treated to an array of interesting places to visit.

The historic town of Shaniko in Wasco County, Oregon is where thousands of head of sheep were grazed. Explore the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mt. Adams near Trout Lake, Washington. Enjoy the Hood River Valley loop to see orchards and spectacular views of Mt. Hood all the way to Timberline Lodge.  Drive the twisty old Hwy 30 past spectacular waterfalls, endless vistas and plateaus.

There is so much to see and do here, each visit to the Gorge will provide a whole new experience.