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Viento State Park

Near Hood River, Oregon, United States

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Park Overview

Viento is Spanish for wind — an apt name for a park in the blustery Columbia River Gorge. But this is just a happy coincidence. Viento (pronounced vee-EN-toe) actually comes from the first letters of three railroad tycoons— Villard, Endicott, and Tollman—who built the first railroad in the area.

Where a railroad station once stood is now the home of one of the best Gorge campgrounds, conveniently located just 8 miles west of Hood River.

Viento’s day-use area has easy access to the Columbia River and some thrilling windsurfing. There's a peaceful picnic next to a babbling creek. A day-use parking permit is required for non-campers.

Seasonal Camping

With spacious, well-shaded campsites located on both sides of I-84, Viento almost always has a spot available when other campgrounds in the area are full.

Campground is accepting reservations up to 6 months in advance at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com

  • 56 electrical sites with water
  • 18 tent sites with water nearby
  • Flush toilets and hot showers
  • Universal Access: Two campsites accessible to campers with disabilities.

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

Viento State Park is also a trailhead for a universally accessible 5.6-mile section of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. From the parking area on the south side of I-84, hikers and bikers will head west up a gradual climb through thick fir forests and lush undergrowth. Moss often carpets portions of the paved trail. When the forest breaks, look for views across the Columbia River into Washington.  After a mile, the trail passes Starvation Creek State Park featuring an accessible view of the park’s namesake falls, picnic tables, and an accessible restroom.

The trail continues west 4.6 miles to Wyeth Campground and trailhead, passing Cabin Creek Falls, Hole-in-the-Wall Falls and Lancaster Falls before climbing to an impressive view of the Gorge. From here, the visitors cross into the forested "Mossy Road," a section of the historic highway that became draped in moss after the highway was abandoned. The final section crosses a talus slope at Shellrock Mountain, where fences offer protection from falling rocks.

Near Hole-in-the Wall Falls, hikers will find trailheads for Mount Defiance Trail (#413) and Starvation Ridge Trail (#414).

For trail information, see the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail bicycle and hiking map.

A day-use parking permit is not required at the trailhead parking lot.

Know Before You Go

  • Viento is next to I-84 and a working railroad line and crossing. Visitors can expect to hear train horns throughout the day and night.
  • Dogs are allowed in the park and on the state trail, but must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.
  • E-bikes are allowed on the state trail. The following devices are not allowed: electric scooters, mountain boards, electric unicycles, and other similar devices. For more information, please call Viento State Park at 541-374-8811.

Resources

Effective Nov 30, 2020
Attention hunters and anglers: Oregon State Parks will not be reviewing or changing any rules or regulations with Oregon Fish and Wildlife in 2021, including in regards to waterfowl. Please refer to Oregon Fish and Wildlife for current fishing and hunting regulations.  

Effective Jul 22, 2021
Open flame restrictions are in effect beginning July 22 until further notice. The ban includes charcoal fires, cooking fires, warming fires, pellet-fueled grills, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Portable cooking stoves and lanterns using liquefied or bottle fuels are allowed, though propane fire pits are not. The ban applies to all state parks and state-managed forests east of Interstate 5 and will remain in place until conditions improve.
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round mdi-tent Open for camping Apr 9 – Oct 31 mdi-currency-usd Day-use parking permit required
(purchase 1-day permit on site)
Buy annual parking permit
mdi-cellphone Call for reservations: 800-452-5687
Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-374-8811, 503-695-2261
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Amenities & Features

Questions

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When is the campground closed?

Campground is closed November 1 through Mid March

When is the campground open?

The campground is open mid March through October 31

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Can I fly my drone in the park?

Please call 503-695-2261 for park specific rules

Can I metal detect?

No metal detecting is allowed in Gorge Oregon State Parks

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How do I get a Special Use Permit?

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.

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

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).

Brochures and Maps

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