The Gorge is Getting Ready for Visitors

Even though some trails are open, the communities of the Gorge are asking visitors to give them time to prepare. Increased visitation puts incredible pressure on the Gorge’s limited resources. Small towns mean fewer resources and facilities. Please help keep Gorge communities safe by postponing your trip—for now—and respecting all trail closures. For an interactive map of open sites visit

Established in 1986, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area protects nearly 293,000 acres of trails, forest, waterfalls, parks and historical sites within this spectacular river canyon.

A unique working landscape of public and private lands, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a world-renowned destination as well as a place that many people call home. A natural border between Oregon and Washington, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area includes spectacular ecological, recreational, cultural and historical attractions. More than 2 million people visit the Gorge each year, which puts a lot of pressure on the roads and trail systems as well as on surrounding communities.

To help ensure that visitors to the Scenic Area take care of natural areas and constructively connect with local communities, Friends of the Columbia Gorge is a partner in the Ready, Set, Gorge campaign.

Hosted by the Columbia Gorge Tourism Alliance, is designed to help Gorge visitors plan their trip, get prepared before leaving home, and to connect with local communities during their visit to the Gorge. At you'll find an array of useful materials—including a print-ready Gorge travel map (in multiple languages) as well as news and updates on Gorge trail and other travel advisories.

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