The Columbia River Gorge is an oasis, for Oregonians, for Washingtonians and for people who come from around the world to experience its nearly 293,000 acres of trails, forest, waterfalls, parks and historical sites.
Due to the increasing risk the coronavirus (COVID-19) poses to residents and visitors alike, the governors of both Oregon and Washington have issued orders for all residents to stay home. As a result, regional land managers have closed campgrounds, trails and parking areas, and communities have closed parks, public restrooms and sports facilities.
We all have a duty to do our part to stop the spread of the virus. And the only way to do this is by staying home. Please do your part. Please stay home. By postponing your trip to the Gorge, you will save lives.
While fresh air and exercise are important for mental and physical health, please take a walk or go for a bicycle ride in your own neighborhood. And when you do, please maintain at least six feet of distance from anyone who doesn’t live in your household.
The future is unpredictable, now more than ever. But if we stay healthy, we will all be able to enjoy our public trails and parks in the future. When conditions allow, the communities of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will once again welcome visitors.
In the meantime, thank you for respecting trail and park closures. Thank you for staying home.
Below are some resources for travelers about COVID-19:
- World Health Organization – Coronavirus Disease Travel Advice
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Travel Oregon – COVID-19 Travel Information
- Washington State – COVID-19 Response
If you are a business owner, please consider printing and hanging this poster on your door.