Federal Government Shutdown
Are national parks closed in Oregon?
The federal shutdown has affected some government-provided services at national parks, monuments, and forest lands in Oregon.
If you are planning to visit a national park or monument, check the National Park website to review closures and conditions. Please check US Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management websites if you are planning to visit public lands. However, please be aware that national parks, monuments and forests are unable to update their websites or social media channels with weather conditions, closures and other critical safety information during the shutdown. Visitors are advised to exercise extreme caution when visiting these areas and inquire locally whenever possible for current conditions.
Because of these federal closures, we recommend that you plan your outdoor recreation activities within the Oregon State Parks system. Oregon state parks are not affected by the shutdown. Explore their website to discover your perfect state park trip.
For the best trip possible, be sure to check before you go.
During your time in the national parks, monuments, and forest lands, please take care to follow these tips from Leave No Trace, including:
1. Pack everything out (and then some) and have a plan for your restroom needs.
2. Be back-country ready: carry your 10 essentials — no rangers are on patrol — and let somebody know where you’re headed.
3. Channel your inner Ranger: be the model of an everyday steward.
4. Give back: consider making a donation to your park’s friends’ group or foundation, or look for opportunities to volunteer when your park’s open again.
Wildfire & Travel Conditions
Is it safe for visitors to travel to Oregon during wildfire season?
Oregon is a big state and we are welcoming visitors. Travel Oregon’s first priority is the safety of our residents and visitors, so we always recommend consulting official resources prior to traveling to ensure access to your destination is safe.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, check out this guide to what you need to know about wildfire season in Oregon.
Are there currently wildfires in Oregon?
For current wildfire information around Oregon and Washington, including an interactive map showing fire incidents, visit NW Coordination Center. Check TripCheck.com for the latest road conditions in Oregon. This interactive map monitors the latest air quality information.
Thank you to all the firefighters who are working to keep Oregon’s residents and visitors safe.
Is the Historic Columbia River Highway/Multnomah Falls open?
Due to hazards from the Eagle Creek fire of 2017, several areas of the Columbia River Gorge remain closed to protect public safety. Multiple trails between Wyeth and Troutdale in Oregon are closed because of fire. Since then, the Forest Service has reopened the Multnomah Falls trail, as well as the connecting Wahkeena Falls trail loop, but hikers should still heed caution.
On Nov. 22 a six-mile stretch of the Historic Columbia River Highway that runs between Larch Mountain Road and Bridal Veil reopened, meaning the full length of the scenic byway is now accessible. Several hiking trails also reopened, such as Angle’s Rest, Wahkeena Falls and Larch Mountain. The opening of the roadway from Larch Mountain Road to Bridal Veil now provides access to local businesses and the post office, but restrictions remain on recreation.
While the eminent hazardous trees and rock fall dangers have been mitigated, travelers need to remember that the Gorge is chronically prone to slides and should continue to use caution and respect all closure points and private property boundaries.
Areas along the route are evaluated for hazards on a case-by-case basis. Visitors are reminded to respect private property rights and closures and be aware of the hazards that exist as winter sets in. Fire impacts have heightened these risks. No stopping or parking is allowed on the shoulders. Crews installed no parking signs in places along the highway and put up barricades to keep travelers from using recreation areas that remain closed. Find information about trails that remain open at the Forest Service and Friends of the Gorge websites.
Here is a look at what’s closed in the six-mile stretch:
- Shepperd’s Dell Falls trail is closed.
- Trail between Ponytail Falls to Horsetail Falls is closed.
- John B. Yeon Trailhead to Elowah Falls, Nesmith Point and Upper McCord Creek Falls is closed.
- Wahclella Falls trail is closed.
- Eagle Creek trail to High Bridge, Punchbowl Falls, Tunnel Falls and Wahtum Lake is closed.
Are there any areas of the state travelers should avoid visiting, or alternative routes to consider when traveling across the state?
Please visit the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) website for current information on travel and safety conditions.
Before venturing out, check these resources for the most up-to-date information on current wildfire conditions:
- Hood-Gorge.com — Information and resources about the region
- Friends of the Gorge Travel Resources — FAQ about the Eagle Creek Fire and how you can help
- Ready Set Gorge — Trip planning resource to help ensure a safe, sustainable and enjoyable time in the Gorge
- Northwest Interagency Coordination Center — Interactive map depicting fire incidents
- Oregon Department of Forestry — Current and historical Oregon wildfire information
- TripCheck — Interactive map featuring current road conditions, closures and delays
- Oregon Smoke Information — Blog reporting on Oregon smoke forecasts and air quality updates
- Keep Oregon Green — Fire prevention tips
- Red Cross — How to donate to relief efforts in Oregon
Will road construction affect summer travel?
Algae Bloom Advisories
The Oregon Health Authority monitors popular water recreation areas for signs of harmful algae blooms. Check the current map of advisories here.