Welcome to the Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range. The Gorge is 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep with the north canyon walls in Washington State and the south canyon walls in Oregon State.
Step through this beautiful, historic gateway into nature's wonderland of breathtaking geologic wonders, dazzling waterfalls, thick lush thickets of fern, wild rhododendron, and deeply shaded forests of oak.
Explore the rich natural, cultural and geological wonders of the Gorge. Visit each of the unique and wonderful towns and villages of the Gorge: Hood River, White Salmon, Bingen, Cascade Locks, Stevenson, North Bonneville, Troutdale, Corbett, Mosier, The Dalles, Lyle, and Goldendale. All of these civic centers offer an endless array of attractions, galleries, shopping, dining, lodging, touring, and wine tasting.
In the shadow of the magnificent glacial peaks of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams you can retrace the steps of pioneer river travelers, Lewis & Clark, Native American fisherman, and early settlers Natural and man made wonders offer a wonderland for photographers, and for all who come to drink in Nature at her best, truly America's great outdoors.
Here is a brief list of "not to miss" topics: Multnomah Falls, the Historic Columbia River Highway, Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Maryhill Museum, Bonneville Dam Lock and Dam, downtown Hood River, the Fruit Loop in Hood River Valley, wine tasting, a salmon dinner, a hike at Eagle Creek, crossing a bridge at Cascade Locks or Hood River, the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center at Stevenson or the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center at The Dalles, and a rafting trip on the White Salmon River,
Hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, skiing, windsurfing, kite boarding, camping, golf, fishing, boating, wildlife watching, birding, wildflower viewing, photography, picnicking, wine tasting, and rock climbing are all at your fingertips. You can do all this and more in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and the Mt. Hood National Forest.
The Columbia River Gorge is widely recognized to have one of the largest concentrations of waterfalls in the world. Through millenniums of geologic events, waterfalls have found their home in the Columbia River Gorge. A visit to the area is not complete without a visit to its breathtaking waterfalls.
Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States at 620 ft. Though Multnomah Falls is grand and popular, all of the falls in the Gorge are special and breathtaking.
For over 31,000 years, the Columbia River Gorge has supported flourishing civilizations. Evidence of the Folsom and Marmes people, who crossed the Great Continental Divide from Asia, were found in archaeological digs. Excavations at Five Mile Rapids, a few miles east of The Dalles, shows humans have occupied this ideal salmon fishing site for more than 10,000 years.
The Columbia River Plateau was created by a series of basalt flows. The flows covered 164,000 square kilometers -- portions of northeast Oregon, southwest Washington and western Idaho.