Vista House

A brilliant stop on your journey through the Columbia River Gorge, scenic 360 degree views of the ice-age carved canyon and river below.

Up on Crown Point, the Vista House was designed and built in the early 20th century, the art nouveau styled building stands as one of the first ‘rest stops’ in the country and pays homage to those who traveled on the Oregon Trail and journeyed down the Columbia River. Crown Point promontory was the ideal site for “an observatory from which the view both up and down the Columbia could be viewed in silent communion with the infinite.” Such an observatory would also be a fitting memorial to “the trials and hardships of those who had come into the Oregon country.” And it could “serve as a comfort station for the tourist and the travelers of America’s greatest highway.”

From its surrounding vantage point 733 feet above the Columbia River and overlooking the busy I-84, countless sightseers and photographers have enjoyed a step back in time and one of Oregon’s most inspiring views.

The visitor center serves espressos, sells gifts and offers educational interpretation. When open, you can stop in the Vista House to get info on the rest of your Gorge visit!


Contact Information

Friends of Vista House
Reservations and Information:

40700 Historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett, Oregon 97019, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Friday-Sunday: 10am - 2pm / Closed if winds go above 50mph (Please visit our website or call to find out if we are open if you are unsure)
  • Seasons Open

    Open year-round, Vista House closed currently due to COVID but the viewpoint is accessible
  • Prices and Fees

    Free of Charge
  • Accessibility

    A one-of-a-kind custom-designed lift, in keeping with the historic architecture of Vista House, has made the building fully accessible, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Completed in May, 2006, the lift has enabled people with mobility-related disabilities to access restrooms, view historic photo exhibits and visit the Friends of Vista House gift store and espresso shop in the building’s lower level.