The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is located in south central Washington state and north central Oregon.
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Welcome to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area encompasses 292,500 acres, running from the mouth of the Sandy River to the mouth of the Deschutes River and spanning southern Washington and northern Oregon. The Gorge is unique in its natural and cultural history, as well as its designation as a National Scenic Area

An onlooker stands on a wet day near the gushing Horsetail Falls.

Photo: Horsetail Falls along Highway 30 in the Gorge.

Graphic button: Plan your visit. Got a Map? Link to available maps for the Scenic Area.
Go Hiking! Link to hiking opportunities on the Scenic Area. Need a Recreation Pass? Link to information on various passes available for standard amenity fee sites.

Outreach for 2016 Seasonal Positions

Rangers smile for the camera at Wahkeena FallsReview announcements for seasonal employment opportunities in the Columbia Gorge for the 2016 season. Interested applicants are encouraged to create their USAjobs profile now. This year, 2016, applications for summer temporary employment will need to be submitted online at during an 8-day period that begins November 30 and extends through December 7, 2015


Accessible Adventures in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Accessible Recreation Video Series

Learn more about premier accessible recreation sites in the Gorge.

Annual 4th Grade Recreation Pass

Annual 4th Grade Pass is available to U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age). Honored nationwide!


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    A visitors guide to National Forest recreation opportunities in the Columbia River Gorge
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