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Friends of Vista House was established in 1982 by a dedicated group of volunteers and has, since its inception, been the consistent supporter and advocate for Vista House, Oregon’s most beloved and treasured icon, dedicated in 1918, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an integral part of the Columbia River Highway National Landmark.fovh_icon

With its strong volunteer base, FOVH provides thousands of volunteer hours annually to teach the millions who have visited over the years about the fascinating history and the important place Vista House holds in Oregon’s and this country’s history.  The organization works in partnership with Oregon Parks & Recreation Department to manage, operate and maintain Vista House for all to enjoy, now and for generations to come.

Friends of Vista House operates an interpretive retail Museum Gift Shop in the lower level of Vista House, offering an impressive and unique array of fine merchandise, including books for all ages and many items crafted by local artisans.

FOVH is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that receives no federal or state funding.  FOVH depends on membership and other individual and corporate donations to maintain its operations.



Starting on April 18th: Vista House will be open from 9am – 6pm daily starting April 18th ( That includes the coffee shop and gift shop so come on in and say hello! ) Starting October 6th through November 2nd: Vista House will be open from 10am – 4pm daily. Beginning November 3rd: Vista House will be open only on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. You may call the Vista House site number (503) 695-2240 on those days to check if we are open.  

The winter weather in the Columbia River Gorge can be unpredictable and the weather at Crown Point even more so! The Vista House will not open if it is too windy or there is ice on the roads, and the determination whether to open will be made each Saturday and Sunday morning throughout the winter. You may call the Vista House directly at 503-695-2240 to see if it is open on any winter weekend day.

Please check this website for updates, or contact us at any time. The off-site administrative office is open year round: for more information call 503.695.2230, or email us at friends@vistahouse.com.

Our Mission: Our mission is to steward, preserve and protect the historic Vista House at Crown Point State Park by developing and enhancing interpretive and educational programs that foster a better understanding of Vista House, Oregon’s pioneers, the Historic Columbia River Highway and (Columbia River) Gorge.

FOVH Featured Video
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