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 National Scenic Area is a world-renowned destination as well as a place that many people call home. As the Gorge becomes an increasingly popular place to recreate, many of the area’s trails, parks, picnic areas and natural resources are becoming threatened by overuse.
When planning your visit the Gorge, take Ready, Set, GOrge! to heart.
- Plan your route ahead of time to avoid crowds.
- Bring what you need and research road, trail and weather conditions.
- Take steps to help protect the Gorge so that future visitors can enjoy it, too.
Trail ClosuresThe Eagle Creek Fire resulted in numerous trail closures on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Go here to get up-to-date information about road and trail closures in the Gorge. Looking for alternative hiking trails nearby? Check out this list of great options.
Now more than ever, the communities of the Gorge need your support! The communities of the Columbia River Gorge are inviting people to "Show the Gorge Some Love" in October by visiting and expressing their appreciation for the first responders, the businesses and the residents who were hardest hit by the fire. Go to the Resources page to find links to help you plan your trip.
Show the Gorge Some Love
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.