Viento State Park

  General Advisory 07/23/19
All campfires, open flames and propane fire rings are prohibited in Ainsworth State Park, Memaloose State Park and Viento State Park. The ban applies to wood, charcoal, wood pellets and all other flame sources that cannot be extinguished immediately. Propane fire rings are prohibited too, including smaller propane rings that may fit inside or on top of or on existing campground fire rings. Recent high temperatures and strong winds in the Gorge have elevated the danger of accidental, human-caused wildfires. The fire ban is in effect until conditions improve.

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)

Viento is open for the 2019 camping season. Viento campground will be closed November 1st, 2019.          

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.

 

Please secure your valuables when enjoying the parks.  Thank you!