The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area requires Timed Use Permits to access two separate areas:
The permits are two separate systems and are not interchangeable. There is no access for cars between the Exit 31 parking lot and the Historic Highway. There is a pedestrian walkway.
Through September 5th, permits will be required from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. A Timed Use Permit reservation does not guarantee parking. Permits will be available on a per vehicle basis and visitors will be limited to 2 permits per day.
Depending on your travel plans, reserve one or both permits:
Waterfall Corridor Timed Use Permit: The Forest Service in partnership with Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Parks Recreation Department, and Multnomah County are piloting Timed Use Permits to access the Waterfall Corridor between Bridal Veil (Exit 28) and Ainsworth (Exit 35). The Waterfall Corridor Timed Use Permit will provide access to US Forest Service sites including Wahkeena Falls recreation area, Oneonta Trailhead, and Horsetail Falls recreation area.
The Waterfall Corridor Timed Use Permit will also provide access to Multnomah Falls for visitors using the US 30/Historic Columbia River Highway parking lot. This permit is not valid for visiting Multnomah Falls via the Exit 31 parking lot, which is not accessible by car from the Historic Highway. This permit does not guarantee you a parking space and parking is limited.
Multnomah Falls (I-84) Timed Use Permit: Access to Multnomah Falls from Interstate 84/Exit 31 only. This permit is recommended if you only want to visit Multnomah Falls. This permit does not guarantee you a parking space. There is no access for cars between the Exit 31 parking lot and the Historic Highway. There is a pedestrian walkway. This permit is not valid at the Waterfall Corridor Timed Use Permit check-in locations at Exit 28 and Exit 35.
If needed for your plans, you can reserve both permits. We recommend staggering your arrival times so you have time to enjoy your visit without missing your next arrival time.
Both Timed Use Permits are intended to improve the visitor experience and access to US Forest Service recreation sites by reducing congestion. The goal is to reduce congestion and improve safety with better access for emergency responders.
Reservation Tip: Login to your account or create a new account before tickets go on sale. We recommend you book online to avoid delays. The Call Center does not have additional inventory for sale.
Timed use permits for access to the Historic Columbia River Highway between Bridal Veil and Ainsworth are no longer required.
Visitors arriving by private vehicle or motorcycle will be required to obtain a Multnomah Falls Timed Use Permit or Waterfall Corridor Timed Use Permit. Please check the permit descriptions to ensure you reserve the correct permit – each permit accesses a different area.
Both Timed Use Permits will be required between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily from May 24th through September 5th, 2022. Please have the printed or digital copy of your Timed Use Permit available to be checked at the check-in area.
A Timed Use Permit reservation does not guarantee parking.
You may stay longer than an hour, however if you leave after your time slot you will not be allowed to re-enter using the expired permit.
Please arrive as close to your one-hour time slot as possible, starting at the time indicated on the permit. You may not enter the site prior to your reservation and your permit becomes invalid one hour after the time indicated.
Timed Use Permits must be purchased online at Recreation.gov or using the Recreation.gov mobile app. Timed Use Permits will not be sold on-site.
Keep in mind, cell service is limited in and around Multnomah Falls and the Waterfall Corridor. We recommend you book your permit in advance of traveling to the area.
Visitors are allowed to purchase two Timed Use Permits per day for each tour. Visitors may purchase at total of two Waterfall Corridor Timed Use Permits and two Multnomah Falls Timed Use Permits.
Timed Use Permits are not required if you choose to ride Sasquatch Shuttle, Gray Line Open-Air Waterfall Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley and Columbia Gorge Express Transit. By choosing o ne of these services, you can ensure access to Multnomah Falls or the Waterfall Corridor and the many recreation sites, viewpoints and trails without the hassle of driving and finding a parking space.
Visitors arriving by bicycle will not be required to have a Timed Use Permit.
The Waterfall Corridor Timed Use Permit will provide access to Multnomah Falls for visitors traveling on the Historic Columbia River Highway.
Access to Multnomah Falls from Interstate 84/Exit 31 parking lot will be required to obtain the Multnomah Falls Timed Use Permit. Please read both permit descriptions carefully to ensure you reserve the desired permit.
5300 Historic Columbia River Highway Bridal Veil OR 97010