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Government Camp, known as Mt. Hood's Alpine Village, is a quaint community located in the middle of recreational heaven, south of Mount Hood and north of Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain. As a gateway to several ski resorts like Timberline Lodge and Mount Hood Skibowl, it has its own smaller ski resort, Summit Ski Area. The debut of Collins Lake Resort has added even more prestige to the bustling shops, restaurants and nightlife, not to mention the newly refined streetscape, to give Government Camp a truly beautiful downtown area. You'll feel like you're in the Swiss Alps, where mountain sports and fine dining are in season year round!

Spring brings emerging wildflowers, songbird migration, sites on the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail as well as skiing daily on the upper mountain. Summertime arrives with wildflowers in rotational bloom, huckleberries ripe for picking, fishing, hiking, birding, Adventure Park at Ski Bowl and glacier skiing at Timberline Ski Area. Fall brings crisp days and cool nights, beautiful colors, mushroom hunting, mountain festivals and an opportunity to see raptors up close at the nearby Bonney Butte Hawk watch monitoring site. In the winter, choose from five different ski areas as well as a wide range of cross-country and snowshoe trails. Kids of all ages can enjoy the snoplay and tubing sites nearby.


The community is located within the Mount Hood Corridor in Clackamas County on the Mount Hood Scenic Byway (U.S. Route 26), near its intersection with Oregon Route 35 and the Barlow Pass summit of the Cascade Range.


Mt Hood and Government Camp homes typically consist of cabin styling, log, chalet etc, cedar siding, metal roofs with steep angles to alleviate snow build up. There is so much charm in these hills, and everyone has their own piece of mountain living.


The Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum
Housed in a beautiful structure, the museum is a work in progress to convert it from a former bed and breakfast into a facility to harbor cultural center functions and museum exhibits. Currently it consists of six galleries with exhibits about the natural history of the active volcano, the evolution of skiing on Mt. Hood, fine arts from local artists, pioneering and early Mt. Hood exploration, a national forest gallery, and has a wonderful view of Mt. Hood. It is located along the wagon ruts of the historic Barlow Road where Government Camp was founded after pioneer Sam Barlow discovered the area in the early 1900s, a great attraction for the history buffs.

Arts Cabins Project
The Arts Cabins Project offers year round classes and workshops in a variety of studies. Try your hand at blacksmithing (yes, they have a community forge) or learn to make glass beads. If you want to just paint, draw, or make jewelry they have a plethora of those classes too, (they also have fiber arts classes) and many of the art resulting from these workshops can be viewed at the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum.

Thanks to seven rivers and more than 40 lakes, the Mt. Hood Territory has become an ideal destination for water sports adventurers. Get your adrenaline pumping by challenging the whitewater on the Sandy and Clackamas rivers, relax paddling a canoe on one of the pristine lakes, or try water skiing on the Willamette River. You can also take a jet boat ride on the Willamette from Portland to the historic Willamette Falls in Oregon City for some up close views of the locks and lavish homes.

Pitch your tent or park your RV for some R & R that's not miles away from your home; you have over 40 campgrounds to choose from. Great hikes and forest trails or fishing are just footsteps away from your campsite. And there's nothing more satisfying than roasting marshmallows for s'mores over an evening campfire.

Mt. Hood and Government Camp have lakes, rivers and streams full of salmon, winter steelhead, trout, and small mouth bass, so get out the frying pan! Imagine drift boating for winter steelhead, or getting waist-deep in a mountain stream for some fly-fishing.  There is also a large selection of seasoned fishing guides and outfitters to provide the gear you need, let you in on the best fishing holes, or just grab friends and family and go!

Horseback Riding
If you own horses or not, there are great riding trails along the Molalla River Recreation Corridor and in the Mt. Hood National Forest, and there are places to grab a horse for horseback exploration, like the Adaptive Riding Institute, which has horses specially trained to accommodate handicapped riders. In the winter, Mt. Hood Skibowl has horse-drawn sleighs, and Joe Graham Horse Camp is an ideal campground with corrals and hitching posts for your four-legged friends.

Bagby Hot Springs
Officially discovered in 1881 by miner Robert Bagby, Native Americans used the springs for healing purposes centuries prior to Bagby's discovery. Today hotspringers soak in the 136-degree water nestled in a forest of old growth Douglas fir, hemlock and cedar. The water comes from two hot springs that mix with cold water from other nearby springs, and bathers can choose between three rustic bathhouses with communal hot tubs or get their own private stall complete with a hollowed out cedar log "canoe-style" tub especially for relaxing.

Skydiving/Scenic Flights
Check out the spectacular view of the Mt. Hood Territory from a peaceful scenic hot air balloon ride with Portland Rose Hot Air Balloons or an exhilarating skydive experience gazing out at the Cascades and Willamette Valley farmlands 13,000 feet above ground. There's training and skydiving for both veterans and beginners, offered by Skydive Oregon and Western Parachute, Inc.

Skiing/Winter Sports
Ski and snowboard on more than 3,000 acres of slopes in one of the three Mt. Hood ski areas: Timberline Ski Area, Mt. Hood Skibowl, and Summit Ski Area. With 35 lighted runs, Mt. Hood Skibowl boasts of being America's largest night ski area. Skiing doesn't stop in the summer either; Timberline Ski Area operates 12 months a year, with summer skiing on the Palmer Snowfield. U.S. Olympic Ski and Snowboard teams train here in the summer, so pay attention to who your ski lift buddy might be! You can also strap on your cross-country skis and experience the 200 miles of trails through the forest's quiet splendor. Don't forget about the family fun in sledding, inner tubing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sled dog tours and sleigh rides for the skiing challenged.

Mt. Hood Skibowl Summer Adventure Park & Alpine Slide
Skibowl turns into a Summer Adventure Park after the snow melts. They have everything for fun family summer adventures, like a 1/2 mile dual alpine slide, indy karts, bungee jumping, a mountain bike park with 40+ miles of trails, and the best part is they offer bike rentals & tours. For the athletically inclined check out the automated batting cages, frisbee,18 hole mini golf plus so much more to keep your mind off the sorrow of losing the snow!


Ice Axe Grill & Mt Hood Brewing Co.
This quaint place has amazing fingerling potatoes and a hardy and filling veggie chili bowl to warm you up after a cold day of traipsing about in the snow. They also offer some especially tasty nachos if you get a hankering, as well as nearly perfect hot chocolate. They offer local and regional options when possible and have some good brews to go with. Two words: Beer float. Vanilla ice cream contrasting, yet complimenting a dark malt flavored stout beer is a sweet surprise while the beer still provides that subtle bitter finish in the back of your throat. It could become a new guilty pleasure.

Cascade Dining Room, Timberline Lodge
Winner of Willamette Week's 2006 "Best Atmosphere" award, the Cascade Dining Room, and Timberline Lodge, was built during the 1930s from woods in the surrounding forest that no longer exist in the wild. Timberline Lodge's exterior was also used in Stanley Kubrick's movie "The Shining", which paired with the dark wood interior adds to the mysterious atmosphere. They serve "Gourmet Pacific Northwest Cuisine" and it is exquisite. But it's not just about how the food tastes that makes it gourmet, it's how it's served also. Expect nimble wait staff in crisp white shirts, black ties and trousers, not to mention their polite and unobtrusive presence, and artfully arranged dishes on fine dinnerware. Between courses, clean your palette with the small dish of raspberry sherbet and marvel at the ambiance of the old dining hall. Together with your spouse or great friends, the Cascade Dining Room can give you an experience to treasure as a high point in your dining memories.

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