On May 24th 2013, the section of the Historic Highway on either side of the Vista House between Larch Mountain Road and Latourell Falls will reopen. It was closed to all traffic through the winter and early spring while repairs were made to the Crown Point Viaduct around Vista House.
The Historic Highway will be open with no traffic restrictions for Memorial Day weekend (May 24-27) and then periodic lane closures will resume until repairs are completed in mid-June. These closures may cause delays for all users and result in the highway being more crowded than usual, so please plan ahead and be alert and courteous when sharing the road.
Beginning May 24th, the Vista House will be open from 9AM to 6 PM daily. We are very pleased to be able to welcome visitors once again!
We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you from Memorial Day weekend onward! Please check this website for updates, or contact us at any time. The off-site office will remain open during the Vista House closure: for more information call 503.695.2230, or you may email us here.
The Vista House was built in 1917 on one of the most beautiful scenic points on the Historic Columbia River Highway, as place for travelers to rest and refresh themselves as they made their way down the magnificent Columbia River Gorge. Friends of Vista House is a non profit group in partnership with Oregon State Parks who work to help preserve and share the story of this beautiful historic Oregon structure. Our volunteers provide visitors with regional and interpretive information to help make their visit a valuable experience.
Information about the educational exhibits and displays relating to the building is available. Our volunteers provide special building tours and talks to school, civic and tour groups. Visitors learn about the architecture and the building, the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Columbia River Gorge, local history, the geology, flora, and fauna of the region, and about the many wonderful attractions along the Highway and throughout the Gorge.
Our Friends of Vista House Gift Gallery offers visitors high quality regional artwork and local gift items and is open throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Our Espresso bar serves refreshments and snacks for travelers and is open year round (winter weekends, weather permitting).
Some Vista House History
Vista House was built between 1916-1918 by Multnomah County as a comfort station and scenic wayside for those traveling on the Historic Columbia River Highway, which had been completed in 1913. It is also a memorial to Oregon pioneers. It was formally dedicated on May 5th, 1918.
The graceful octagonal stone structure towers 733 feet above the Columbia River, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in the National Geographic Society’s 2001 “Save America’s Treasures” book.
Vista House was closed for almost 5 years while an extensive restoration was completed, and was reopened to the public in the summer of 2005 and formally rededicated May 5, 2006. The fundraising goal of over $4 million was completed in 2003 by joint efforts of Oregon State Parks Trust, The Friends of Vista House, and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
The Friends of Vista House now works in partnership with Oregon State parks to help share the experience of Vista House with over one million visitors each year.
Our mission is to steward, preserve and protect the historic Vista House at Crown Point State Park by developing and enhancing interpretive and educational programs that foster a better understanding of Vista House, Oregon’s pioneers, the Historic Columbia River Highway and (Columbia River) Gorge.
This is a must see for anyone interested in the Vista House. Select here to view the movie.
Help us keep the doors to the Vista House open. Take a minute and select here for membership information.
Call to All Regional Artists, Authors, Handcrafters, Designers and Cultural Professionals! Gift Store Jury Schedule for Merchandise Consideration for 2013 will be Feb 16, March 16, April 13, May 18, June 15 and July 20 (All jury dates are on Saturdays, Hours from 1 to 2 PM) Juries will be held at Rooster Rock State Park in the Park Office Select here to learn more.