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Welcome to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area! 

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. ReadySetGorge.com is a great resource for people looking to explore less popular but equally beautiful trails in the region.

When planning your visit the Gorge, take Ready, Set, GOrge! to heart.
  • Plan your route ahead of time to avoid crowds (Get Ready).
  • Bring what you need and research road, trail and weather conditions (Get Set).
  • Take steps to help protect the Gorge so that future visitors can enjoy it, too (GOrge!). 
Know before you go: The Eagle Creek Fire impacted the trail system in the Gorge. Risks are higher in areas where fire has recently burned. On steep slopes, the risks are even greater. Learn more about risks and when NOT to go into burned areas. 



Download a map of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Ready, Set, GOrge! is a campaign aimed at improving the visitor experience in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The campaign helps people safely travel to, from, and around the region while protecting it so that future generations can enjoy it, too. It's a collaboration between the U.S. Forest Service, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Travel Oregon and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Ready, Set, GOrge!


GET READY

GET READY

Avoid crowds in the Gorge by following these tips.

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GET SET

GET SET

Do some advance planning to have a safe and fun time.

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GOrge!

GOrge!

Help protect the Gorge for future visitors.

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Resources

Resources

View a list of resources to help you plan your trip.

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