Crown Point State Scenic Corridor

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Crown Point State Scenic Corridor

Oregon

(800) 551-6949

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Overview

Millions of visitors driving from Portland through the Columbia River Gorge don't realize the full impact of its beauty until they come around the bend near Corbett at exit 22 and see the famous building on the top of the cliff to the right. This is Crown Point and the building is the Vista House. Just as the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom, the Vista House serves as the symbol of the Columbia River Gorge. In fact, the architect of the Vista House -- Edgar Lazarus -- and Emma Lazarus (who wrote the poem of the Statue of Liberty), were brother and sister. The Vista House was built in 1916 at the same time as Highway 30 (what is now the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, and the only way to reach Crown Point). The building was designed to be a place of refreshment and enjoyment of the Columbia Gorge. The popular clifftop viewpoint recently underwent a three million two hundred thousand dollar restoration to repair and rejuvenate the building's key historic features. The octagonal building with its copper dome houses a museum, gift shop and interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge.

Map of Crown Point State Scenic Corridor (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.537843, -122.246813

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Activities

  • Hiking

    Explore walking trails, the copper dome house museum, interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge.

  • Historic Sites

    The Vista House was built in 1916 at the same time as Highway 30 (what is now the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, and the only way to reach Crown Point). The building was designed to be a place of refreshment and enjoyment of the Columbia Gorge. The popular clifftop viewpoint recently underwent a 3.2 million dollar restoration to repair and rejuvenate the building's key historic features. The octagonal building with its copper dome houses a museum, gift shop and interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge. Vista House is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning March 14. Beginning April 19, visitor hours are extended to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The building remains open daily through October. 31.

  • Picnicking

    Enjoy a picnic at the popular clifftop viewpoint.

Seasonality/Weather

Vista House is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning March 14. Beginning April 19, visitor hours are extended to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The building remains open daily through October. 31. There is no fee to use this park.

Park Partners

Friends of Vista House

Friends of Vista House (FOVH) is a tax-exempt non-profit organization established in 1982. FOVH works in partnership with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to provide volunteer services to the estimated million annual visitors to Vista House. FOVH volunteers contributed over 10,000 hours of service at Vista House in 2008 alone. FOVH also operates the Vista House Museum Gift Shop and Espresso Bar. FOVH receives no public funding. Revenues from the retail operation, memberships and donations enable FOVH to provide the volunteer services, educational programs, materials and tours for schools and other community groups. Read more about Friends of Vista House here or get involved and volunteer!

(503) 695-2230

Directions

Driving

Historic Columbia River Highway, 11 miles east of Troutdale. From Interstate 84, take Exit 17 or 22 and head east on Historic Highway 30. From the east, take Exit 35 and follow the highway west.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(800) 551-6949

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