Lodging | Gorge Downwind Champs

NOTE: 2021 Race HQ / DOWNWIND village will be in Stevenson Washington at the fairgrounds vs Hood River. Some of the text below is Hood River focused. One may want to focus their search on Stevenson / Skamania Lodge for hotels or Airbnb.

!!!!MUST READ!!!!  The Gorge is the most popular summer wind sport location in the USA and a very popular west coast adventure sport location in general. You are competing with 1000's of others adventure seekers for lodging.  We are serious about booking your lodging as soon as you register. If you wait till even a few months before the event you will be feasting on scraps.

Flights

Fly into Portland Airport (PDX).  From here you can Uber or Lyft into Hood River. This cost about $140 USD and is a 1:15 hour drive.  We strongly would advise against this option. Also note, there is no Uber or Lyft in Hood River once you arrive. The best choice by far is to rent a car with your mates at the airport. The Gorge is a big area and you will want to explore.  See our "Family-To Do" page. There are endless waterfalls, mountains, hikes and much more to explore.  A rental car will greatly add to your experience. Personally, I would say it is mandatory for a fun easy trip, but there are participants who have done without.

Where to stay

The event and all the main attractions are in Stevenson Washington in 2021 at the Skamania County Fairgrounds. In 2021, we only have permits to finish the race in Hood River at Water Front Park

Hotels - Hood River

If you book early. The Hood River Hampton Inn & Suites is a great hotel in the trendy city of Hood River.  You have To book this the year prior when you register. This is no joke, it sells out 7 months in advance.

 

If you do not book the Hampton early enough and it sells out, which it will, any hotel in Hood River at this point is a good choice. Just google them. But they all will sell out so do this at least 2 months in advance.

Hotels, Airbnb, Rental House locations

Portland is about a 50 min drive to the West of Stevenson and a major city if you are into that and don't mind the driving every day. The Dalles is around a 45 minute drive to the East and is a small industrial town with "Local Flavor". White Salmon is about 25 minutes to the East and one of the most popular places in the Gorge. Bingen is also 25 mins to the east with a small local industrial feel. Hood River without question is the trendy hot spot in the gorge, but is crowded, parking may make you pull your hair our and is extremely expensive. It is located 30 minutes to the East of Stevenson. Cascade Locks is just across the river from Stevenson and is an up and comming vibrant location with cheaper housing.

 

You can google hotels in any of these town. None really stand out over the others, however, unless you are in Stevenson, you will be driving and a rental car is absolutely mandatory. There is no public transportation system between these locations.

Camping

Camping in the area is very popular. !!WARNING!!. All the campsite near the river have loud trains at night. Not the end of the world, but you have been warned. Tucker state park is a 35 min drive South East of Stevenson and quiet although in the past they have not taken reservations. Viento State park is 25min South East of Stevenson.  Book months in advance and be ready for the trains.. Home Valley park is on the North side of the river and a 5 min drive from Stevenson and is where the race starts.  Timber Lake Campground is a 15 min drive and expensive but has been very popular because it one of the few places away from the tracks that you can make reservations at.  Moss Creek is also a nice park away from the trains but also a 45 min drive.