Hipcamp host Sol M.,
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Covid Update: Due to the pandemic we're only accepting limited guests with a two night minimum. If you'd like to stay for more than two nights please send us a note and we can open additional nights for you, for instance beginning a weekend stay Thursday. We've also added a foot-pump hand washing station and hand sanitizer.

The Rose Garden is a large, private campsite


Covid Update: Due to the pandemic we're only accepting limited guests with a two night minimum. If you'd like to stay for more than two nights please send us a note and we can open additional nights for you, for instance beginning a weekend stay Thursday. We've also added a foot-pump hand washing station and hand sanitizer.

The Rose Garden is a large, private campsite, rented exclusively to one group at a time, featuring both a large grassy area plus the Rose Creek Hut. It has spectacular views of the Columbia as it flows into the Pacific, with a chorus of shorebirds as ships sail by. Native vegetation greens the surrounding slopes, and a variety of wildlife wander through. 

Remnants of the canneries and ghost towns of Altoona and Cottardi Station are visible, and it's a wonderful location for birding. Regular visitors include a multitude of bald eagles, cormorant and sea lions. It's an excellent spot to shipwatch, as craft sailing up-river float right past the Gardens. Rose Creek has a small stretch through the campsite, restored with native plants and lending gentle sounds to the ambiance. 

Our Rose Creek Hut is also located here, a rustic structure with a comfy full size memory foam mattress on frame and wonderful views of the Columbia. Please provide your own bedding i.e. sleeping bags and such. 

Rental price also includes one bundle of handcut firewood per night of stay, two gallons of potable water, and a dish washing station with tub and water. Note: the base price of 65 covers the first two people; an additional charge of 11.50 per person per night applies beyond the first two guests, including children. We can accept large groups of roughly a dozen in this campsite.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
1 site
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Sol a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Biking along Pillar Rock Road offers incredible views of the Columbia and Grays Rivers.


We are located right on the Columbia River, and close to Grays and Deep River.


We are short drive from several State and local parks.


The Columbia River makes for great paddling, as does the Grays.

Wind sports

Although we have yet to host wind surfers, the Lower Columbia in general often does.

Wildlife watching

The Rose Gardens offers a wide variety of wildlife viewing options, and is our main birding site. Eagles, pelicans, osprey and ...Read more


Natural features you'll find at The Rose Garden in Washington.


The Rose Garden is surrounded by PNW forest, restored with native species.

River, stream, or creek

The Rose Gardens is adjacent to the Columbia, and also has a restored stream running through it. The stream has been restored ...Read more

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Hipcamper Mike
Mike H.
recommends this listing.
September 9th, 2016

My stay at The Rose Garden was great! The drive from Portland provided a trip through areas of Washington I've yet to travel and hadn't even known existed -- and now consider myself lucky to.

The views from The Rose Garden are many: from the rock pillars and remnants of the ghost towns when the area was a fishing hotspot to the Coast Range and Saddle Mountain directly across the Columbia River and Astoria further west, there's plenty to enjoy in the distance after you've explored the myriad of native rose species directly surrounding your campsite.

There are plenty of ways to occupy your time: cross the road to the beach, choose your favorite massive piece of driftwood and take in the sunset (or sunrise!); walk through the nature trails in the adjacent woods and experience firsthand the environmental restoration efforts as the native roses and other plants that have been planted thrive where invasive species once ran rampant, or find a nice spot near one of the ancient trees and wait to see how many species of wildlife (sea lions, bald eagles, owls, weasels, porcupines, and many others have returned to the area thanks to the restoration efforts!) decide to say hello.

Sol is a great host and a wealth of knowledge: not only of the natural and cultural history of the land you'll be staying on, but also of the surrounding area. He is also heavily involved with local organizations pertaining to land use and the environment. It was great to meet someone so deeply involved and passionate about the area I was staying in.

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Hipcamper Lisse
Lisse L.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2017

The Rose Garden is such a special place. After learning more about the history of this little-known area from Sol, we have such an appreciation for all the work he's done, making the Rose Garden what it is today. The site itself is perched above the Columbia River, which gives you some amazing views during your stay. Sunrise and sunset are equally beautiful, whether you're looking for fogs and mists, or colorful skies. Across the road is the beach where you can watch sea lions, bald eagles, or ships passing by. The road below camp is great for cycling, so bring your bike! Astoria is also about 40 minutes away if you're looking to explore the surrounding area.

Sol was a wonderful host. I highly encourage you talk to him about his eco restoration efforts and the history of this land. This was my first visit to Washington, but it seems that this area is unknown to many who live in OR and WA. After staying here I want to tell everyone about this place so they can experience camping here for themselves!!

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Hipcamper Sofi
Sofi M.
recommends this listing.
July 13th, 2019

Beautiful spot with amazing bird life! Bald eagles, barred owls, osprey, etc. Watching the ships go by was amazing too. The little cedar hut is clean and adorable. Very cozy. Road is close but at least they can't see you as you are above it.

Hipcamper Kevin

Absolutely magical

Kevin S.
recommends this listing.
July 15th, 2019

WOW. Just wow. The spectacular view of the Columbia River from the campsite. The wildlife: we saw a doe and her fawn bouncing down the road while riding our bikes in front of the camp; we saw a family of otters playing in the river; we saw huge bald eagles and geese and loons and herons. There is no sound but the babbling of the on-site creek. Plenty of shade and sunshine all day long. A fire pit and picnic table. And a cozy little structure with a fluffy bed. A great host who pays attention to the little details - like providing a tub for washing dishes, a USB charger for your mobile devices, water and some firewood. We will absolutely be back in the future! Thank you, Sol!

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Hipcamper Lani
Lani S.
recommends this listing.
June 24th, 2017

Beautiful location and rose garden, birds singing, creek nearby, nice fire pit, open starry sky at night. We loved it!

Hipcamper Hilary
Hilary N.
recommends this listing.
June 27th, 2017

I would recommend this spot to anyone! The accommodations were great and we were pleasantly surprised to see that there was a nice little hut for us to sleep in! Sol was a great host and he takes great care of this spot. The view was amazing, we felt secluded even though we were close to the road and Sol even had firewood chopped for us upon arrival. This place is a gem!

Hipcamper Cybele
Cybele P.
recommends this listing.
July 9th, 2017

This was an amazing place to spend the July 4th holiday! The view is incredible, the spot is open and spacious but at the same time feels very private. We had plenty of room to spread out and picnic, play lawn games, and pitch a tent. The hut is also a very comfortable place to sleep. There were eagles, osprey and even a porcupine sighting while we were there. Sol was very friendly/helpful/kind. A great place to stay!!

Hipcamper Grace
Grace M.
recommends this listing.
July 18th, 2017

Received a very warm welcome from our host with lots of history of the area and the site. Recently built cabin with bed on the camp site which was a nice addition! Note - this site is not RIGHT on the water, the pictures led us to believe it was. Beautiful sunset/sunrise at the site. Host provided campfire wood and a trash bucket. No toilet/bath other than a porta-potty up the driveway (just FYI).

Hipcamper Kaitlin
Kaitlin H.
recommends this listing.
July 24th, 2017

The Rose Garden is incredible! The views are so beautiful, and the space was perfect for my husband and I and our dogs. The lawn was nice and spacious to throw the ball for the pups and play lawn games while watching the ships pass by on the river. Sol was extremely helpful and accommodating, he has a wealth of knowledge about the area that was interesting to hear. Cannot wait to return again soon, this place is a gem!

Rose Creek Retreat
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