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Viento State Park

  COVID-19 Alert 03/23/20
COVID-19 Alert: All state parks will close March 23 until further notice. The closure includes all state parks, including all overnight campgrounds, trails, viewpoints, restrooms, and picnic areas and all other facilities. This is part of the statewide effort to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

Major Features & Activities

Major Features & Activities:
  • Camping (ADA)
  • Reservable
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking (ADA)
  • Day-Use Fee
  • Fishing
  • Playground
  • Windsurfing
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Hot Shower (ADA)

                                        **** Park CLOSED until further notice****

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 spacious campsites, Viento almost always has a spot available when other campgrounds in the area are full.

Viento is next to a working railroad line and crossing. Visitors and campers can expect to hear train horns throughout the day and night. Interstate 84 also borders the park. Please call the park office at (541) 374-8811, for more information.

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.

A one-mile, fully handicapped accessible trail from Viento to the Starvation Creek waterfall 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! Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail bicycle and hiking map

Campground info

  • 56 electrical sites with water
  • 18 tent sites with water nearby
  • Flush toilets and hot showers
  • Interpretive programs

Universal Access
Two campsites accessible to campers with disabilities.

 

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