3 of the Best Ways to Experience the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area

Come experience the serenity of nature when you stay at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins. Tucked away in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, there are so many places to explore. Surround yourself with towering pines as you walk towards the sound of rushing water. You’ll come across waterfalls cascading down massive cliffs, blooming wildflowers, and wildlife in its natural habitat. Take a moment to peer at the sunbeams shining through the trees as you breathe in the fresh air of the Pacific Northwest.

If you’re planning a trip to the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, our complimentary Vacation Guide will be a huge help. We know planning a vacation can be challenging, especially when you don’t know much about the area. We’ve come up with our favorite things to do around Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins to save you the precious time you would have used researching! In our free guide, you’ll find:

  • Outdoor activities for all skill levels
  • Attractions you won’t want to miss
  • Cultural events, museums, and entertainment
  • The best restaurants in the area

What is the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area?

The Columbia River Gorge Scenic area is located between Oregon and Washington. This area protects the Columbia River and its 80 miles of canyons. It is made up of federal, state, and private lands for public recreational enjoyment. Here, you’ll find natural wonders such as waterfalls, cliffs, and more. Choose trails with overlooks to peer out over the expansive river and mountains beyond.

3 Spots You Have to See in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area

1. Cape Horn Trail

The Cape Horn Trail is one of the best places to enjoy the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. Choose from different trailheads based on difficulty or travel the entire 7.1-mile loop. As you travel through the forest, you’ll find paths lined with wildflowers between the magnificent trees. No matter what time of year you visit, the views can’t be beat. Trek to the Nancy Russell Overlook for breathtaking views of the Columbia River below. Revel in the still waters as you breathe in the fresh air. Many will rest here and sit on the stone walls of the overlook as they take in the surrounding scenery.

2. Beacon Rock State Park

Beacon Rock State Park is a favorite place to hike in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. The top of Beacon Rock boasts incredible views of the Gorge below, but your way up will have picturesque viewing opportunities as well. The mile-long trail includes cement walkways and staircases complete with steel railings. All you need to access it is a Discover Pass!

3. Bonneville Reservoir

The Bonneville Reservoir is filled with tons of opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. See the awe-inspiring Bonneville Lock and Dam, a 2,000-foot wall riding above the reservoir. Visit the area by boat here for a new viewpoint! Across the street from the dam, you can find the Bonneville Trailhead. Whether you would like to cast your line for some fish, enjoy a romantic lunch with amazing views, or adventure along surrounding trails, this area won’t disappoint.

Stay at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins

Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins is the best place to stay while experiencing our Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. We have 10 private cabins to choose from tucked away in our Hood River oasis. Enjoy complimentary coffee, hot tea, and sodas throughout the day, a mini-fridge in your room, televisions, plush cotton robes, in-cabin board games and many more deluxe amenities. What are you waiting for? Book your stay today!