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Viento State Park

  COVID-19 Alert 05/27/20
Effective May 27, 2020: Day-use area is pen with limited services. Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer. Pack out trash. Facilities may close without notice.
Check our Park Status Map for a list of open parks and our FAQ page for details on this decision.

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)

COVID-19 UPDATE: Park day-use area is open with limited services. Camping remains closed until futher notice. Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer. Pack out trash. Facilities may close without notice.

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

River Access and Hiking

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.

Campground

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 features:

  • 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.

Note: Please secure your valuables when enjoying the park.