Columbia Hills State Park RV & Campground Guide

Washington

The Columbia Hills State Park is close to the banks of the Columbia River and Horsethief Lake in Washington. Horsethief Butte in the park is a big attraction due to its large size and quality rock-climbing areas. People also like visiting this section of the park to view the Native American petroglyphs and rock art. Water sports are popular here thanks to the presence of Horsethief Lake and 7,500 feet of shoreline along the Columbia River. The closest city, Dallesport, is small, but Portland and Vancouver are both about 90 miles away. Oregon is right across the river, so you can easily visit the multiple entertainment options in The Dalles. 

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Spring 42-65 F
Summer 60-88 F
Fall 43-67 F
Winter 31-42 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Columbia Hills State Park

If you're going to be exploring the great outdoors at Columbia Hills State Park, you'll need a home base. One great option is to take a camper with you so that you get to experience campground life in comfort. If you don't own an RV but still want to take one camping, get a rental from RVshare.com

Columbia Hills RV

One of the closest RV campgrounds is Columbia Hills RV. It's only seven minutes away from the state park, so you can't beat it for convenience. It can accommodate large campers, so this is a solid option if you need a place to park your big trailer.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: No
  • Other amenities: Laundromats, sizable lots, multi-vehicle spaces

Bridge RV Park and Campground

If you want to camp closer to the Hood River area of the Gorge, then Bridge RV Park and Campground may be right for you. The campground is only half an hour's drive from Columbia Hills State Park.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: HD cable, pull-through, back-in and multiple-slider sites available

Peach Beach Campground & RV Park

If you head 30 minutes along the river the other way, you'll reach Peach Beach Campground & RV Park, which is close to Maryhill State Park. It's right on the Columbia River, and it's near an orchard and a winery.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Dump station, beach, private swimming cove, restrooms, showers

Stargazers RV Resort

Those in search of a dark night sky for stargazing may want to stay at the aptly named Stargazers RV Resort. It's only 30 minutes from Columbia Hills State Park, and it's practically right outside the gates of Goldendale Observatory State Park.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: N/A
  • Pet-friendly: N/A
  • Other amenities: Pool, showers, exercise center, full kitchen

RV Rentals Near Columbia Hills State Park

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Restaurants

What to Do at
Columbia Hills State Park

Inside Columbia Hills State Park

Horsethief Lake is a great place for popular water sports like swimming, sailboarding and boating. Two boat ramps provide convenient access to the lake, and you can engage in some freshwater fishing from your boat.

There are more than 12 miles of trails that go throughout Columbia Hills State Park. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for various types of wildlife on your hike.

When you're ready to eat after a hard day of rock climbing and adventuring, you'll be able to relax at one of 35 picnic tables spread throughout the park.

Outside Columbia Hills State Park

While there's no shortage of fun things to do inside Columbia Hills State Park, there's also plenty to do outside of the park. Whether you're looking for a great restaurant, a good place to pick up a few souvenirs or a local attraction, you can find all of those and more nearby. Most of the places that will likely interest you are located in The Dalles, a nearby city on the Oregon side of the Columbia River.

Restaurants

Big Jim's Drive-In

Big Jim's Drive-In is only 10 minutes away from the state park, so it's a great place to grab a quick burger or waffle cone. The restaurant's slogan is “Hamburgers Made With Love,” and it's been in business for more than 50 years.

Type: Diner

Location: The Dalles, OR

Lilo's BBQ Hawaiian Style

Lilo's BBQ Hawaiian Style serves BBQ and other island dishes like coconut shrimp and Kahlua pig. You can also get Asian dishes like teriyaki chicken and bento here.

Type: Hawaiian, Asian

Location: The Dalles, OR

Spooky's Pizza

Spooky's Pizza is a great place to get homemade pizza, soups, salads and sandwiches. The restaurant has a large HD TV for sports-viewing and a game room that's fun for the young and the young-at-heart.

Type: Pizza

Location: The Dalles, OR

Petite Provence

Petite Provence is a great restaurant to visit if you're searching for high-class French fare. The restaurant only serves breakfast and lunch, so be sure to go here early.

Type: Fine dining

Location: The Dalles, OR

Cousins' Restaurant & Saloon

Cousins' Restaurant & Saloon is the place to go for homestyle American cooking in The Dalles. Steak, potatoes, micro-brews and more are on the menu.

Type: Traditional American

Location: The Dalles, OR

Shopping

The Columbia River Center

The Columbia River Center is a little less than 20 minutes away from Columbia Hills State Park. You can shop at popular stores like Safeway, Petco, Staples and Big 5 Sporting Goods.

Location: The Dalles, OR

Cascade Square Shopping Center

Cascade Square Shopping Center is only about 15 minutes away in The Dalles. Stores like Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts, Rite Aid, Dollar Tree, Pizza Hut and Dutch Bros. Coffee make this a great place to shop and then grab a bite to eat.

Location: The Dalles, OR

Klindt's Booksellers & Stationers

Klindt's Booksellers & Stationers is Oregon's oldest bookstore, so it's worth paying a visit if you want to pick up a book or two to read on your vacation. It's only 15 minutes away from the state park, and it has an eclectic selection of paper and audiobooks.

Location: The Dalles, OR

Sightseeing

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum is under 20 minutes away from Columbia Hills State Park. Here, you can learn about the history of the Columbia Gorge and the people who have lived in it over the last 10,000 years.

Location: The Dalles, OR

Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery

Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery is only six minutes from the state park, so it's easy to reach. You can sample a wide variety of wines here made from grapes grown in the fertile soil of this region.

Location: Wishram, WA

National Neon Sign Museum

The National Neon Sign Museum is 15 minutes down the road from the park. Its 20,000 acres house a variety of electrified signage ranging in age from the late 1800s to the 1960s.

Location: The Dalles, OR

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How to Get to
Columbia Hills State Park

To reach the park on the Washington side, drive east or west along State Route 14 along the Columbia River depending on your starting location. The park's location is at milepost 85.

On the Oregon side, simply get on Interstate 84 and follow the Columbia River until you can take Highway 197 across the river. Then, turn right onto State Route 14 and continue to milepost 85.

Entering Columbia Hills State Park

During the summer, Columbia Hills State Park is open from 6:30 a.m. until dusk. It's closed during the winter season, which extends from Oct. 27 to March 27.

Per car (daily) : $10

Per car (annual) : $30

If you want to learn more about what made the Columbia Gorge area appealing to Native Americans and the Lewis and Clark expedition, there are many fun activities you can do within the 3,300 acres of Columbia Hills State Park. One great way to view and learn more about the Native American artwork in the park is to take a guided tour of these areas. We at RVshare are sure you're going to have a great time exploring the wonders of Columbia Hills State Park. Once you're finished making memories at this lovely state park, we hope you'll share them with us at [email protected] You can also tag us on social media.