Friends of Vista House

retOur mission is to help preserve and protect the historic Vista House and to provide information and interpretive programs about it’s history and the Columbia River Gorge. Friends of Vista House is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations and membership fees are tax deductible. Learn about our volunteer opportunities here!

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the winter.

Our hours are 10:00am until 4:00pm.  You may call the Vista House at (503) 344-1368 if you have any questions.


Vista House Celebrates One Hundred Years

It has been 100 years since the dedication of the Vista House and this year will be filled with special activities to celebrate our history. During the year,  there will be music, historic crafts, and demonstrations of traditional pioneer skills. On May 5th, the anniversary of our dedication, we will be offering Birthday Cake served by our Costumed Volunteers. Stop by and enjoy a bite.

About the Vista House

The Vista House was built in 1917 on one of the most beautiful scenic points on the Historic Columbia River Highway. It was constructed to provide travelers a place to rest and refresh themselves as they made their way down the magnificent Columbia River Gorge. Learn More History Here.

The 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 tourist groups.  Visitors learn about the architecture of Vista House, the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Columbia River Gorge, local history, the geology, flora and fauna of the region, and the many wonderful attractions along the Highway and throughout the Gorge.

The Vista House has recently been approved as Bike Friendly.

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). Learn More About Our Gift Shop Here!