Park is open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Pack out trash. Facilities may close without notice.
Campground is open and accepting reservations up to 30 days in advance (beginning July 1): oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com.
Viento has a day-use area with easy access to the Columbia River and some thrilling windsurfing. There's a great picnic area right next to a wonderful, babbling creek.
A one-mile, wide, paved trail from Viento to the Starvation Creek waterfall takes you along a section of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Once the only west-east route for motorists, the route hasn't seen auto traffic in more than 50 years. If you get a chance to visit, imagine an old Ford Model T twisting around the corners! For information, see our Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail bicycle and hiking map.
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.
Campground is closed November 1 through Mid March
The campground is open mid March through October 31
Please call 503-695-2261 for park specific rules
No metal detecting is allowed in Gorge Oregon State Parks
This park requires a Special Use Permit for special events or activities. Please open the Special Use Permit application to see examples of events that need a permit. If you have questions about whether you need a special use permit for your activity and to receive instructions on how to submit the application, please call 503-695-2261.
The land was acquired between 1925 and 1967 by purchase from private owners. The purchase of the first tract was financed by Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company to compensate for damage to trees when the company cleared its line rights-of-way in Oregon park areas. The park was established to provide a shaded picnic and rest area for travelers on the old Columbia River Highway. Initial development was carried out by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Overnight camping facilities were added in the 1950s. Although viento is the Spanish word for wind, and trees in the area show the shaping effects of strong winds in the Columbia Gorge, the park name was taken from a nearby station on the railroad -- the title of which supposedly was composed of the first letters of surnames of the railroad builder Henry Villard, capitalist William Endicott, and a contractor named Tolman. These men were active in railroad building along the Columbia River in the 1870s and 1880s. Viento was a station on the Oregon-Washington Railway and Navigation Company line (now Union Pacific).