"Ice Age floods carved a wide river gorge through the Cascade Mountains, tearing through ancient volcanic rock and cresting at more than 700 feet high.
"After the floodwaters receded, they left behind a mighty river flanked by towering cliffs, its tributaries now flowing into dozens of towering waterfalls.
"The 75-mile Columbia River Gorge is easily one of the most spectacular, scenic stretches in the state of Oregon." - The Oregonian
With these words, The Oregonian, just begins to capture the story of this magnificent place we call home.
Check out their story today "10 natural wonders of the Columbia River Gorge."
It's our own Oregon, and national, treasure. The Columbia River National Scenic Area.
The Oregonian just published a book, Oregon's National Treasures - it's for pre-order sale now. It looks amazing.
Of course we love our Gorge the most - but there are many spectacular natural treasures here - the Oregon coast, Crater Lake, Mount Hood, Smith Rock, Painted Hills, Multnomah Falls. (Oh but we claim you Multnomah Falls and Mount Hood - your are our own.)
We're in this together.
Savor our state and support our hometown newspaper. Maybe even buy their book.