About Friends of Vista House

In 1982, a dedicated group of local volunteers organized to clean and restore the Vista House, which had been closed for many years.  These community activists became consistent supporters and advocates for Vista House, Oregon’s most beloved and treasured icon. In 1987, the Oregon legislature provided for “Friends” groups to be formed to provide additional support to Oregon State Parks, and the Friends of Vista House was formally registered with the state.  

Dedicated in 1918, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Vista House is an integral part of the Columbia River Highway National Landmark.

FOVH volunteers contribute thousands of hours annually welcoming over one million visitors each year and telling the fascinating history of the Vista House, its place in Oregon history and our nation’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 a Gift Shop in the lower level of Vista House, offering an impressive and unique array of fine interpretive merchandise, including books for all ages and many items crafted by local artisans. The Café, also in the lower level, provides delicious specialty coffees, drinks and snacks.

The FOVH is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that receives no federal or state funding. FOVH depends on its fundraising entities — the Vista House Gift Shop and Café — and other individual and corporate donations to maintain its operations.

Volunteer Opportunities

Since its inception in 1982, the Friends of Vista House has grown and thrived through the generous support and commitment of its volunteers.

Due to the pandemic, the Vista House has been closed for most of 2020-21, but we are looking forward to opening in March 2022, and we need volunteers to join our Vista House team. We have several fun and interesting opportunities for you to consider. Trainings are happening soon, so this is the perfect time to come and check us out. We would love to meet you!

Get Involved

Please contact our Interpretive and Volunteer Coordinator at for more information.

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