Looking for a Mt. Hood vacation rental with a quieter, less populated pace? Consider charming ZigZag, located along the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway, right between similarly quiet Rhododendron and comparatively bustling Welches. Named for the nearby Zigzag River, it was a moniker most likely given for the means of crossing the water than for any crookedness along the banks. From your Zig Zag vacation rental, head along the river for a hike or just enjoy the great Oregon wilderness waiting outside your door! Like a lot of the towns in the Mt. Hood region, Zig Zag is surrounded by thousands of acres of mountainside national forest with hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, and more! With the Zigzag, Sandy and Salmon Rivers close by, the area is a haven for anglers and fly-fishers. Pros and newbies alike can catch and release trout, salmon, and steelhead. For golfers, the Resort at the Mountain is right down the highway near Welches - and of course, this is ski country! Skibowl, Summit Meadows, and Timberline are all within a 30 minute drive. Spend the day flying down the slopes at the ski resort of your choice, and then return to your cozy Zig Zag cabin for hot cocoa in front of a roaring fire. Dining options in the area include the area's famous Skyway Bar and Grill, home of open mic nights, live music, Northwest BBQ, and "Frickles" - Southern fried dill pickle chips with aioli. For history buffs, the 1935 Zigzag Ranger Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and many of the buildings there were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) between 1933-1942. Newly opened in July 2013, a brand new Visitor's Center at the Ranger Station now provides visitors with information on shopping, dining, and recreation opportunities in Zig Zag and the Mt. Hood National Forest area. One of the unincorporated communities along the Mt. Hood Corridor, Zig Zag is an hour southeast of Portland. The drive from the city is short, scenic, and before you know it, you'll be at the edge of the Mt. Hood and at door of your charming Zig Zag vacation rental!