Time is running out for an impromptu trip to Multnomah Falls. Starting July 20, timed tickets will be required for hour-long tours of the popular tourist destination east of Portland.
US Forest Service adopts ticketing system to alleviate congestion at Columbia Gorge hot spot. The 365-foot-high falls attract nearly 2 million visitors a year. Traffic often slows down at the stop of Interstate 84 as motorists circle the lot looking for a rare parking spot to open.
Donna Mickley, a federal agency forestry supervisor, called the ticketing system “a tool we use to improve access, reduce congestion and alleviate the safety concerns associated with this iconic location.”
Tickets will be required daily for visitors to the Falls and the Historic Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday tickets were available for the dates July 20-25. Tickets for the following dates had not been released.
The Forest Service also encourages visitors to use public transportation options. From Portland, visitors can take the Columbia Gorge Express to the Gateway Transit Center or Troutdale. Visitors can also board the Sasquatch shuttle or Gray Line open-air waterfall tram from the gorge parking lots.
Tickets are free but come with a $ 1 booking fee. They can be secured by going to Recreation.gov.