Crown Point State Park, Oregon

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Crown Point State Park

Historic Vista House sitting high atop the cliffs at Crown Point has come to symbolize the Columbia River Gorge; travelers have been enjoying its respite and panoramas since 1916.

  • Located on the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway (Highway 30) near Corbett, Oregon.
  • Panoramic views, picnicking, and a visit to lovely Vista House are good ways to enjoy a Crown Point visit.
  • Call (503) 695-2240 for more information about the museum and park.


Crown Point State Park in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge is best known for the elegant stone structure gracing its grassy cliff top 733 feet above the river. Known as Vista House, this structure was built in 1916 as a rest stop for travelers along the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway. Today, Vista House is a museum showcasing Gorge history, from its Native roots to the Oregon Trail. The surrounding grounds are a designated Oregon State Park.

Location & Information

Crown Point State Park sits along the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway outside of Corbett, Oregon. To reach the park, take Interstate 84 east from Portland to either Exit 17 or Exit 22, and follow Historic Highway 30 east to Crown Point. Westbound on I-84 from Hood River, take Exit 35 and follow Highway 30 west.

Vista House is open year-round with hours that vary by season. Call (503) 695-2240 for information.


  • Sightseeing: The views from Vista House and the Portland Women’s Forum Viewpoint 1.5 miles away are spectacular.
  • Museum: Vista House is an active museum where visitors can learn about the history of the Gorge and its inhabitants.
  • Picnicking: Crown Point State Park has grassy areas with tables for enjoying an outdoor meal.
  • Gift Shop: Vista House has a gift shop for souvenirs and local artistry.

Fun Facts

The architect of Vista House, Edgar Lazarus, was brother to Emma Lazarus, who wrote the poem to the Statue of Liberty.

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