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Viento State Park

Appropriately enough for a park in the blustery Columbia River Gorge, the park's name, pronounced vee-EN-toe, is Spanish for wind. Just an odd coincidence, actually. In this case, the Viento comes from the first letters of three railroad tycoons - Villard, Endicott, and Tollman -who put the first railroad in the area. Where a railroad station once stood is now the home of one of the Gorge's best kept secrets: Viento is a great place to camp! With modern campsites, Viento almost always has a spot available when other campgrounds in the area are full. No reservations are accepted; camping is first-come, first-served. On weekends in the summer, rangers provide interpretive programs. A fully-accessible restroom is located here.

Viento has a day-use area with easy access to the Columbia River and some of the best windsurfing in the Gorge. There's a great picnic area right next to a wonderful, babbling creek - just right for skimming stones and soaking sore feet.

A one-mile trail from Viento to Starvation Creek takes you along a section of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Now a hiking trail, there hasn't been auto traffic here in more than 50 years. If you get a chance to visit, imagine an old Ford Model T twisting around the corners!

Services and Things to Do

  • Camping
  • Accessible camping
  • Tent
  • Electric
  • Showers
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing
  • Windsurfing
  • Beach access
  • Hiking trail
  • Forest
  • Waterways
  • Mountains
  • Waterfalls
  • Historic resources
  • Historic trails
  • ADA restroom
  • Restrooms

Park rates (subject to change)
May 1 to September 30
Full rate: $16
Electrical hookup: $16
Tent site: $14
Extra vehicle: $5
Daily day use: $3
Yearly day use: $25
October 1 to April 30 (Discovery Season)
Electrical hookup: $12
Tent site: $10
Extra vehicle: $5
Daily day use: $3
Yearly day use: $25
 

I-84, 8 miles W of Hood River at Exit 56

Get driving directions to this park

Vital stats
Open May 6 - November 2005. $3 daily day-use fee or buy a 12-month permit for $25, or a 24-month permit for $40. These 1- and 2-year permits are good at all state park day-use areas. Campsites are first-come, first-served. 57 electrical, 18 tent (maximum site 30 feet). (541)374-8811 or (800) 551- 6949.

Information provided by Oregon State Parks

 


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