Situated halfway between Hood River and The Dalles, little Rowena, Oregon offers some of the most stunning vistas and geological features in the entire Columbia River Gorge. Travelers looking for a Gorge rental with amazing views and a secluded yet not-too-remote location may find that a Rowena vacation home is just the ticket for their next getaway! A Columbia Gorge vacation rental in Rowena will put you on the Oregon side of a magnificent geologic feature on the Columbia River - chronicled by Lewis and Clark as they passed through - known as the "Rowena Gap." Carved from the unrelenting forces of Cenozoic lava flows and Ice-Age floods, one floating down the Columbia would see The Rowena Gap as terraced mountains on both sides of the river. Six separate basalt flows can be counted in the 1,000-foot-high cliffs. At any time of year, Rowena offers an abundance of beautiful natural scenery to explore. Just to the west is Mayer State Park, set on riverfront land donated by Mark Mayer in 1910. At its base on the river's edge, the park (along with Doug's Beach on the Washington side) has become a favorite launching point for kite and sailboard enthusiasts from around the world. Meander up the Historic Columbia River Highway that runs through the park and you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge from your perch at Rowena Crest. In the spring, the nearby Tom McCall Nature Preserve is 271 acres of land awash with colorful wild flowers of all sorts. Located in the transition zone between the heavily-forested west side of the Cascades and the drier bunch grass prairies of the east, the Preserve explodes with a rainbow of colors. While the area's hiking and scenic viewpoints could keep you (and your camera) busy for weeks, there's more to explore in the surrounding Gorge. The Deschutes River is about 25 miles east with amazing whitewater rafting, as well as steelhead and trout fishing. The bustling town of Hood River, with its dining and shopping, is less than twenty minutes to the west - or head ten miles east to The Dalles for a slower pace and a small-town feel. In the winter, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows is just under 50 miles away. This unique geologic area is ripe with outdoor activities for adventuresome types, and scenic vistas for those who just want to relax with a good view. However you choose to spend your days, making a Rowena vacation rental your home away from home will leave you with unforgettable memories - and an enviable collection of photographs!